Forecast: Expect scattered snow showers and wind gusts up to 35 mph tonight
Mark Johnson, newsnet5.com
5:24 AM, Feb 19, 2013
10:02 PM, Feb 19, 2013
Lake Effect Snow ADVISORY for Lake Geauga & Ashtabula Counties tonight. Scattered snow showers likely accumulating between 3 & 6 inches by 7am Wednesday where heavier snow bands persist.
8:00 pm Update: Low pressure parked over Ontario, CA continues to spin cold air and light snow across the area. The winds are still southwesterly. So, none of this snow is truly lake effect yet. Temps this evening will fall thru the 20s with wind chills in the single digits and teens. Make sure you dress warmly!
The winds shift to the west overnight. That should allow a single band of lake effect snow to set up across Lake, Northern Geauga and Northern Ashtabula Counties tonight. In this band, I expect 2-5 inches of snow to accumulated by dawn. Roads will be slick! Outside of the this snow band, just light snow and flurries are expected for the rest of Northern Ohio. Accumulations tonight will stay below 1 inch.
We're seeing snow showers moving through northern Ohio this afternoon bringing a light dusting of snow. Expect daytime accumulations from a trace to an inch.
Light snow now moving into Erie and Huron counties and will continue to push east. Expect a light coating from the first batch, with more snow developing through the afternoon and evening. T - 2 inches during the day.
Temps will continue to fall this afternoon as colder air works in. Expect readings to dip into the low to mid 20s by dinner with scattered lake snows. We could see up to an inch or 2 during the day, with another 1-3 inches possible tonight.
There is a Wind Advisory in effect for our lakeshore counties and those counties west of I71 until 7p tonight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
High temperatures in the low 40s were hit early this morning. Behind a strong cold front, temperatures quickly dropped to the low 30s. Rain and snow showers are possible until 10 a.m. You may even see a heavy burst of snow as precipitation ends.
After a few dry hours, scattered snow showers will develop after 1 p.m. Snow totals will range from a trace to 1" by evening. Temperatures will drop to the low 20s for the evening commute.
Overnight, temperatures will drop to the teens. With strong westerly winds, a large band of lake effect snow may develop and affect Lake, eastern Cuyahoga, northern Geuaga and northern Ashtabula Counties. 1-4" of snow will fall where the squall persists.
Scattered lake effect snow showers are likely in the Snowbelt Wednesday, but building high pressure will end the threat for snow by Wednesday evening. Highs will hover in the mid-20s.
After dry weather Thursday, a chance of scattered snow returns Friday. The weekend will be dry and quiet with highs near 40 degrees.
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