By Randa Wagner
February 28, 2014
UPDATED March 1, 2014 - 4:45 p.m. - The National Weather Service has downgraded the Winter Storm Watch for this area to a Winter Weather advisory, in effect from 10 pm this evening to 10 pm est Sunday.
* Accumulations… Snowfall of 1 to 2 inches overnight with an additional 3 to 5 inches on Sunday for a storm total of 4 to 7 inches. Precipitation may briefly mix with rain or sleet towards the onset late this evening.
* Timing… Snow will overspread the area by midnight…possibly mixing with rain or sleet. Snow will continue through Sunday afternoon and then diminish from north to south Sunday evening.
* Winds…north to northeast at 10 to 15 mph.
UPDATE Feb. 28, 2014 - 3:55 p.m. – The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday evening through Monday afternoon.
*Accumulations… Some light icing may occur Saturday evening before 1 to 4 inches of snowfall occurs. Additional snow Sunday night into Monday morning could produce a storm total in excess of 8 inches.
* Timing… After a brief period of a wintry mix Saturday evening when some light icing could occur the region should see a period of moderate snowfall.
A lull in the snowfall should occur Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening before increasing again Sunday night into monday morning.
* Winds… northerly at 10 to 20 mph.
* Impacts… Significant amounts of snowfall and a period of freezing rain will will be possible… Resulting in hazardous roads and reduced visibilities. Travel Saturday night through the Monday morning commute will be impacted.
Feb. 28, 2014 /9:45 a.m. – March begins tomorrow, but winter certainly isn’t over.
Chris Bradley of 10TV News warns a ‘significant winter storm will hit Ohio this weekend. Heavy snow is expected Sunday into Monday morning. Snowfall amounts will likely exceed six inches across most of Ohio. A band of heavier snow with totals approaching 10 inches is possible…but it is still too early to determine where that will fall.’
According to the National Weather Service, ‘Winter Storm Titan’ - so named by the Weather Channel - is set to lay down a swath of heavy snow from California to New England, and, potentially, a swath of sleet and freezing rain from the Plains to the Mid-Atlantic States.
Two storm systems will cross the country in the coming days. The first is already bringing some rain to California; the second storm, Titan, will pack the bigger punch. The NWS states this system will bring heavy rain and mountain snow to drought-parched California on Friday before marching east across the country. At the same time, a bitterly cold and unusually late-in-the-season arctic air mass will be burrowing southward into the northern half of the U.S.
What does this mean for Ohio and, more particularly, Morrow County? Storm total accumulations across some areas Sunday and Monday will easily exceed 6 inches, with local totals over one foot, due to the long duration of this event.
Aside from the snow itself, blustery winds and bitterly cold temperatures will mean blowing and drifting snow, poor visibility, and dangerous wind chills will add to the potential dangers for drivers in the snow zone.
It’s early at this point to determine just how much snow north central Ohio should expect, so this story will be updated as new information becomes available.