Forecast: Lake effect snow, wind chills below zero

CLEVELAND - *LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING continues tonight for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, & Ashtaubla Counties.

*WIND CHILL ADVISORY continues tonight for ALL of Northern Ohio.

9:00 pm Update: Current snow depths - Burton (Geauga Co)=18"; Painesville (Lake Co)=10"; Jefferson (Ashtabula Co.)=14"; Euclid (Cuyahoga Co.)=6"; Chardon (Geauga Co.)=9.5"; Conneaut & Ashtabula (Ashtabula Co.)=7".

7:00 pm Update: Main band of heavy lake effect snow is now focused on Eastern lake County and Northern Ashtabula County. Expect another 4 inches of snow tonight where this snow band persists.

4:00 pm Update: Snow squalls have diminished in coverage and intensity this afternoon. Winds have backed around a bit more to the west as well. That is shifting most of the moderate snow bands up the shoreline into Lake, Ashtabula, & Geauga Counties. Computer forecasts still suggest a steady band of Lake effect snow for the Greater Cleveland area tonight. Don't quite trust that forecast yet. Still, where ever the snow bands to set up, I expect another 1-4 inches of accumulation by dawn Wednesday. Elsewhere, just a few flurries tonight.

Cold weather will affect everyone again tonight. Lows will drop down to between 0 & 5 degreesF. With winds still gusting above 20 mph, wind chill values will hang below zero all night. Some readings even dropping to -15. Frostbite in this kind of weather will occur within about 30 minutes.


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Update: We are seeing a few bands of lake effect snow now, but for the most part, the snow is light. I do expect more bands to develop with heavier squalls moving through the afternoon. I expect a general 1-3 inches of snow during the day, with more NE of CLE.

Update: The only snow still falling is from 1 remaining band of lake effect snow. Currently it is stretching from Lakewood and Rocky River through Solon and into southern Geauga County. This will hang out for the next few hours before winds shift and move it more northward and along the lake shore. Even if you aren't getting snow, it's cold! Temperatures are in the single digits with wind chills 5-10 degrees below zero! be sure to dress in layers and cover as much of your skin as possible. 

9:00 a.m. Update: Scattered light lake effect snow continues in Lorain, Cuyahoga, northern Summit, northern Portage, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties. Accumulations will be very light through noon. Bands will reorganize this afternoon and evening, producing more heavy snow at times.

Wind chills reached -14 in Ashtabula this morning. Sub-zero wind chills are likely all day, tonight and early tomorrow. The Wind Chill Advisory continues for all of Northeast Ohio until 11 AM Wednesday.
A wide band of lake effect snow is streaming over Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties. Snowfall rates are at least 1"/hr. Some areas have already reported over 6" of snow. Up to 1 foot of snow is possible this morning!

The snow is very localized, so if you're driving toward the lake from anywhere else in Northeast Ohio, expect conditions to change drastically. Visibility may be reduced to 1/4 mile or less. 

Scattered snow showers will continue this morning with breaks of sun this afternoon. High temperatures will struggle to reach the low teens. Wind chills will remain at or below zero for most of the day. 

Overnight lows will be the coldest of the week so far. Expect temperatures to range from 0 to 5 degrees with sub-zero wind chills.

Scattered lake effect snow will continue Wednesday and early Thursday east of Cleveland. Highs will hover in the upper teens both days.

A low pressure system will sweep in from the southwest Friday, triggering a chance of scattered afternoon and evening snow.

A chance of lake effect snow lingers into Saturday behind that system. Sunday will be mostly cloudy and dry. Finally, temperatures jump to the 20s this weekend with warmer highs (temporarily) early next week.

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