The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather alert for most of Ohio beginning early Friday morning and ending Saturday evening. With a low pressure front issuing from the Mississippi Valley, precipitation will remain mostly snow west of the I71 corridor, becoming mixed as the storm pushes eastward. From the statement:
The exact path and strength of the system is still in question. If the system moves farther west more warm air will lift into the region... causing lower snowfall totals and more mixed precipitation. If the system slides farther east... less mixed precipitation would occur and snowfall totals would be higher.
Read the whole statement here.
As if that weren't enough to quell our home for spring, the NWS warns that flooding is expected to continue for Big Darby Creek at Darbyville. Dust off those wading pants, Ohio, and brace your ice scrapers.
A major winter storm will continue to affect the Ohio Valley overnight into Saturday. After a brief lull in the snow intensity this evening, the snow will pick up overnight when strong low pressure will combine with an upper level disturbance to bring a second round of heavy snow to the region. Winds will gust up to 40 mph at times overnight.
Before the storm ends Saturday afternoon, you can expect 10 to 15 inches of accumulation. The strong winds combined with snow will cause extreme winter weather conditions. The snow and blowing snow will reduce visibilities to near zero at times causing whiteout.
Don't forget your booties, 'cause it's coooooold out there!