ALERT: Major Winter Storm blasting thru Northern Ohio

CLEVELAND - 11:00 pm Update:   Convergence along the Lake Erie shoreline is stirring up more snow showers for the Lakeshore counties. Where these bands persist, expect 1-3" of new snowfall overnight with isolated amounts to 4". Elsewhere, expect a trace to 1" of new snow tonight in widely scattered light snow showers.

9:30 pm Update:  Winter Weather Advisories have all been canceled for the area. Heavy snows have moved east. Snow tonight should be light and widely scattered. Another trace to 1" on the ground by dawn Thursday!

Much better travel weather on Thursday. Just a few light snow showers and flurries during the morning hours. Cloudy skies throughout the day. look for high temperatures near 32 degrees.

Mostly cloudy skies will stick around through Friday. We will stay dry with high temperatures, once again, near 32 degrees.

Another weaker surface low pressure system slides east across Kentucky on Saturday. I expect light snows to move in during the day with accumulations of an inch or two by Saturday night. Highs will hover near 30. A few light snow showers will linger across the area on Sunday, especially east in the snow belt. Highs near 30 degrees expected again. I am not expecting any travel troubles between here and Pittsburgh for those of you traveling to the Browns game on Sunday.

8:00 pm Update: ALL Winter Storm Warnings and Blizzard Warnings for Northern Ohio have been canceled. They have been replaced by a less-serious Winter Weather Advisory.  Snow has quickly diminished to isolated light snow showers. Expect another Trace to 2 inches of snow to fall tonight by 7am Thursday morning.

5:00 pm Update: Warnings have been modified! They will now expire @ 9pm! That's a change from the 7am Thursday original expiration time. Lots of dry areas now showing up on radar just to the south of the area. This tells me the East Coast storm has develop a little sooner than expected and is beginning to steal some of the strength of our storm. This could cut a few inches off snow accumulations when its all said and done. Still, I expect another 2-4" of snow to fall From Cleveland to Akron & Canton; another 1-3" to fall twest of Cleveland and Akron; and an additional 4-6" to fall through Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage, Trumbull, & Mahoning Counties through the evening. Travel is treacherous!

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Update: Our heavy snow line has cleared much of Wayne and Stark counties and moving north. Within this band, we should see 2-4 inches, then lighter snow.

Update: Much of the area now seeing moderate to heavy snow. Drying trend south that should arrive in CLE by 5/6 with lighter snow.

Update: Heavy snow now in Medina, Solon and Twinsburg.

Update: We are seeing a dry slot moving in south of Canton that will allow the snow to stop for a bit. That line will also work through Holmes and Richland.

Update: A heavy burst of snow is moving through central Portage near Ravenna and heading north. Possible 2" per hour snow in this. This should head into southern Geauga.

Update: Heavy snow right now along the rt 30 corridor and pushing north. Expect snowfall rates of 1 to up to 2" per hour for the next 5-7 hours. Drive safely if you absolutely need to get out. If you can stay off the roads, please do.
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A major winter storm is pushing through Ohio today and will have widespread impacts. Locally we will see everything from heavy snow, strong wind gusts and low visibility making travel condition near impossible. Timing will be crucial with the forecast and your plans throughout the day.

The first thing we'll notice today will be the cold air and breezy northeast wind. Temperatures early in the day are in the upper 20s and lowers 30s, factor in a northeast breeze and wind chills will be dipping into the teens. 

Throughout the morning, snow will be slowly pushing northeast along the Ohio River Valley. Expect the first snowflakes to fall in Richland and Ashland counties just after sunrise and then spread northeast to Ashtabula County by noon. 

The heaviest snow will fall after 12-noon  through sunset. Expect accumulations to be as high as 2" per hour. By 3pm we'll see snowfall amounts as high as 6" area wide. Before the snow tapers off some locations could have 12" of snow. 

In addition to the snow, areas along Lake Erie will have winds gusting frequently as high as 35mph. This means blowing snow will become a problem for drivers. Expect snow covered roads throughout the afternoon along with drifting snow.

After midnight, the snow will taper with another 1-3 inches possible. 

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