Forecast: Lake effect snow continues tonight, mainly east of Cleveland

CLEVELAND - 9:40 pm Update: ALL snow warnings for Northern Ohio have been canceled. The snow squall that has impacted Northern Ohio today has moved up the shoreline to Erie Pennsylvania. Only isolated flurries are likely tonight. Skies will become partly cloudy for a while as high pressure slides along the Ohio River.

More clouds are likely by dawn tomorrow as a fast-moving Alberta Clipper moves in from the west. Snow should begin across the area by mid to late morning. 1-3 inches of snow will be the rule across the entire area. Lower amounts will fall closer to Lake Erie. The higher amounts are most likely south along US Route 30. High temperatures will stay cold...in the lower and middle 20s.

8:00 pm Update: Happy Friday everyone. February 1st is almost done. The cold and snow will stay, though. Lake effect snow bands are affecting Northern Ashtabula County now. With a southwesterly wind, the squall is shifting north and east up the shoreline. In this heavier snow band, snow fall will likely range between 1 & 3 inches by dawn. Elsewhere, just a few flurries tonight with a partly to mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will plummet overnight to near 5 degrees for a low (slightly warmer near Lake Erie). Wind chills will fall to between 5 & 10 degrees BELOW zero!

Lake snows should shut down toward dawn as winds shift around to the southwest ahead of the next fast moving Alberta Clipper low pressure system. That will bring all of us a quick 1-3 inches of new snow, mainly during the afternoon.

Some lingering snow showers are likely overnight Saturday. With a northwest wind flow  across the lake, I can't rule out one or two lake effect snow bands Saturday night thru Sunday. Highs Saturday will climb into the middle 20s. Sunday's high temperatures will reach into the lower 20s. Stay warm!

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12:23 pm Update: The heaviest snow is shifting east and up the lakeshore. Expect this trend to continue through the rest of the afternoon as southwest winds push the snow out of Ohio. Be sure to drive safe and plan for the snow covered roads. And dress in layers. Despite a few peeks of sunshine, temperatures will stay cold. Highs will only be in the teens today as wind chills hover near 0º. 

11:00 a.m. Update: Snow has moved over Geauga, Lake Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties. Far eastern Cuyahoga County is picking up light snow as well. A few miles west, sunshine is helping to thaw snow-covered roads.

Expect increasing sunshine this afternoon, but don't let it fool you! Temperatures are in the teens with wind chills near 0. Most areas (except far NE Ohio) will be snow free for the evening commute. 
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It has been a tough morning commute with snowfall rates of 1-2"/hr in the heaviest lake effect bands. Over 6" of snow fell in Cuyahoga County overnight!

Currently, snow is falling in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and western Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties. The heavy band of snow will drift northeast today, affecting Lake, Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties around noon. Snow will decrease significantly this evening.

Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast tonight with lows around 10 degrees. Lows in the single digits are possible where the sky partially clears.

Snow quickly returns Saturday as a clipper crosses the state. 1-3" of widespread snow will affect Northeast Ohio through early Sunday.

Snow showers continue Sunday and Monday as more clipper systems quickly drift across Ohio. Our next best chance of snow comes late Tuesday through early Wednesday. Expect another 1-3" snowfall for everyone then.

High temperatures will stay in the 20s this weekend through early next week. Lows will fall to the teens.

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