Alert: A Blizzard Warning is in effect for Wednesday for our lakeshore counties

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A Blizzard Warning is in effect Wed 7 AM - Thurs 7 AM for lakeshore counties, a Winter Storm Warning for inland counties.

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The storm is moving closer. I expect snow to begin to fall Wednesday morning from south to north. Starting across the south around 8am and along the lakeshore about 10am.

Christmas will be a quiet day with mainly cloudy skies and highs in the middle 30s.

Then we turn our sights to a winter storm that will move into our region Wed AM. We can expect to see bursts of heavy snow, with accumulations ranging between 6 to 10 inches by Thursday AM.

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Snow and freezing rain are moving from southwest to northeast.  Mansfield, Strongsville, and Brunswick are seeing moderate snowfall at this time, Most of us will catch some frozen precipitation before the day is over, but little accumulation is expected.

Mostly cloudy skies at this time. We remain on track to see some rain move in around 3 this afternoon, changing over to snow around 5 p.m.

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A low pressure system is tracking toward us from the west. This will likely bring heavy snow to the area on Wednesday.  Expected totals range between 6 - 10 inches. Winter storm watches will likely be issued in advance of the storm.

Today, we'll see mostly cloudy skies in the morning with some rain and possibly a mix for this afternoon and tonight. The evening commute could be a little tricky with rain likely starting around 3 p.m. and sticking around until 7 or 8 tonight. 

Some snow showers for Santa tonight, but nothing that will impede his progress.

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