Forecast: Ending the 2012 year cold and snowy, dress warm

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11:01 pm Update: The snow has ended for most of northern Ohio but we can't rule out a few light snow showers through 3am. The big weather you'll notice overnight will be the temp drop. Expect lower 20's overnight under a mainly cloudy sky. Stay safe on the roads and bundle up!

7:47 pm Update: Light to moderate snow still falling along and north of I-80 this evening. Some snowfall reports are already approaching 2" and anterh 1" is possible before the snow end late tonight. Plan for slick roads and icy sidewalks this evening, be careful when you're out celebrating the New Year!

4:34 pm Update: Temperatures are holding near 30º and will drop quickly as snow moves in for the evening. If you're planning on being outside the rest of the evening be sure to pack on the layers, we'll drop into the 20s overnight.

Snow will also continue into the overnight hours. Scattered light snow showers will add up to about 1-2" on the ground by sunrise Tuesday. Nothing major but this could slow things down on the roads, be sure to plan ahead and take it easy on the roadways. 

Noon Update: Clouds will stick around for the rest of the afternoon with highs in the low 30s. Snow will begin in counties southwest of Cleveland as early as 3 p.m. Most areas, with the exception of extreme northeast Ohio, will see snow by 5 p.m. A widespread total of 1-2" is likely by early Tuesday with isolated higher totals near 3". The sky will gradually clear New Year's Day leading to temperatures in the teens early Wednesday.
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If you're traveling early today, expect mostly cloudy skies and chilly temperatures. Morning temperatures will hover in the mid-20s with wind chills in the teens.

Clouds will increase this afternoon as a cold front approaches from the Midwest. Low pressure moving along the front will trigger light snow after 3 p.m. in southern counties. Ashland, Richland, Holmes and Wayne Counties will be first to see the light snow. Counties near the lake might not see snow until later this evening.

Snow totals will be highest in Akron and points south. 1-2" of snow with isolated 3" totals are possible by Tuesday morning.

After snow showers wind down early Tuesday, expect mostly cloudy skies for New Year's Day and highs in the upper 20s.

Much colder air will follow through the end of the week. Highs in the mid-20s are likely with lows in the teens. Aside from a few snow showers late Thursday into Friday, the first week of 2013 will be mainly dry.

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