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Here's what you need to know about the threat of a major weekend winter storm

Posted: 10:43 PM, Jan 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 19:31:12Z
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CLEVELAND — The internet is abuzz with the threat for a major weekend winter storm rolling across Northern Ohio.

Computer generated images of heavy snow accumulations are popping up everywhere on Social Media.

But, before you run out and rid the store shelves of bread and milk, lets take a moment...and RELAX.

Here's what we REALLY know about the approaching storm:

1) There is lots of uncertainty with this storm. We feel very strongly that a Winter Storm will slide east through either the lower Great Lakes or the Tennessee Valley. The EXACT TRACK of this low pressure system will dictate who gets heavy snow and how much.

2) It's still 4 days away...it doesn't yet exist on any weather maps. Where is the storm now? That's easy: it doesn't exist yet. It hasn't formed. It isn't expected to form until sometime on Thursday. Its much harder to predict the behavior of a storm that isn't reality yet.

3) Different computer models place the storm in different locations and, therefore, give us different snowfall accumulations. How much snow you get in your backyard depends on which computer simulation you look at. Computer models are simply GUIDANCE for Meteorologists. They are NOT forecasts. As we get closer to Saturday, the computer models will start to agree on a storm path and snowfall totals.

We will know much, much more as the week progresses. In the meantime, stay alert. And stay connected with News5 for the latest breaking weather info. We've got you covered!