CLEVELAND — The Lake Effect snow machine will set up some accumulating snow over the primary snow belt late Thursday and into Friday’s morning commute. Ahead of the snowfall, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a portion of Northeast Ohio.
News 5 meteorologist Katie McGraw breaks down the forecast in the player below:
Lake and Ashtabula counties are under a Winter Advisory from 1 a.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday.
Cuyahoga and Geauga counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 a.m. Friday until 10 p.m. Friday.
Snow accumulations of three to 6 inches are expected across the four counties under the advisory. Hazardous road conditions could impact the morning commute. The heaviest snow is expected Friday morning, which may have an enhanced impact on travel.
What to expect Thursday into Friday morning
Setting up tonight, much higher snowfall totals will happen Friday. A band will push through Cleveland to Erie, PA during the commute followed by scattered snow showers throughout the rest of the day.
Power of 5 meteorologist Trent Magill advises you to plan ahead as the highest snow numbers will be “where squalls persist.”
Plan on that snow squall sliding our way as winds shift Thursday evening. That means snow rates of up to 1 inch per hour are likely.
It also means some snow totals will be over 6 inches. Plan on a wide range in numbers with only a trace outside of the Primary Snow Belt.
Motorists should plan on low visibility, slick roads and incredibly cold temps. We're in the teens and 20s until Saturday.
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