Ohioans heading north should cancel their travel plans, build a fire and dig up their old Johnny Mathis Christmas album. At 4:41 AM EST on 14 December 2007, the National Weather Service issued the following statement:
A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday morning.
A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain will develop across the area Saturday morning. Temperatures will warm to near or just above freezing Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. This will allow for a mixture of rain, sleet and snow. The precipitation will then change over to all snow after midnight. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are possible by Sunday morning. Some ice accumulation is also possible.
Heavy snow or ice is forecast to accumulate in the watch area causing hazardous driving conditions. Those with travel plans in the watch area are advised to choose an alternate Route or should use extreme caution if travel is unavoidable.
Grab your nearest (if not dearest) sweetheart and cuddle up with some popcorn or chestnuts--even this Canadian has canceled her travel plans to accommodate Jack Frost (roasting on an open fiiiiire...). I've been watching the regional and national NEXRAD since 7AM, but I see little more than a smattering of flurries in the vicinity of Lake Michigan. Where is the storm?