February 17, 2014
7:30 p.m. UPDATE - Morrow County Sheriff Steve Brenneman has issued a Level 2 Snow Emergency for Morrow County. Icy rain/snow began falling about 5:45 p.m. and roads were ice covered very quickly and drifting on north/south roadways.
* Accumulations… 2 to locally 6 inches of snow… highest amounts over Northwest Ohio. Some sleet and or freezing rain will occur over the southern areas. Locations that have a wintry mix will have lower snow accumulations. Where the freezing rain is persistent at least a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation could occur.
* Impacts… snow and sleet accumulations can make roads slick… requiring lower speeds and greater distances between vehicles while driving. Some freezing rain is expected and that could coat trees and power lines. With some gusty winds expected some trees and power lines could get knocked down.
Feb. 17 2014, 11:00 a.m. - More snow is headed for North Central Ohio, with warm temps near 50 later in the week.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued at 912 am est Monday:
An area of low pressure will develop over the central plains today and then move northeast across western Ohio and over Lake Erie tonight.
Snow associated with this low will spread rapidly east across the area this evening and then taper off from west to east late tonight. Sleet or freezing rain may mix with the snow this evening south of the u.s. 30 corridor.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 5 pm this afternoon to 4 am est Tuesday…
* Accumulations…4 to 5 inches. A brief period of sleet or freezing rain is possible at the southern end of the area.
* Timing…the snow will spread across the area early this evening.
The snow should reach the i-75 corridor around 5 pm.
* Winds…southeast winds increasing to 15 to 30 mph this afternoon and then becoming southwest during the evening.
Gusts to 40 mph are likely after midnight with locally higher gusts closer to lake erie.
* Impacts… Snow accumulation can make roads slick…requiring lower speeds and greater distances between vehicles while driving.
* Temperatures…upper 20s falling into the lower 20s.
* Visibilities…less than one half mile at times.
A winter weather advisory is normally issued for a variety of winter weather conditions such as light snow… Blowing snow… Sleet… Freezing rain and wind chills. While the weather will be significant… The word advisory implies that severe winter weather is not anticipated. Stay tuned to noaa weather radio for further details or updates.
Wait! There’s more!
A warming trend is expected the second half of the week. Temperatures may top 50 degrees on Thursday. Rain combined with snow melt may produce flooding… especially Thursday into Friday. If heavy rain were to occur… Significant flooding is possible.
Ice jam flooding is also possible especially in the typical spots.
This would include the mouths of rivers emptying into lake erie. Ice would likely back up on the rivers due to ice cover on Lake Erie.