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First wave of snow hitting this afternoon, followed by widespread accumulation overnight

Posted at 1:46 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 13:46:45-05

CLEVELAND — This snowfall event will come in waves.

A timeline of when the waves of snow are expected to hit our area.

The first time frame is this afternoon as western counties start to see cold air move in and change us from rain to snow. This happens before the evening drive and travel may be difficult west of Interstate 77.

Along 77 and east, the change happens after sunset. Roads may still be wet and slick but snow likely won't accumulate in those spots until temperatures fall closer to freezing during the late evening.

Then it is widespread snow through the night. Everyone will see some accumulations by morning that is going to make travel tough for that morning drive to work, especially since snow continues to fall.

Here's how much snow you can expect to wake up to on Tuesday morning.

The heaviest snowfall amounts by morning will be in our western counties since the change happens there first and to the north as we will see some lake enhancement.

Later in the day Tuesday, the snow will taper to the west and south to just flurries. We continue to see that lake enhancement north and eventually lake effect snow banding, setting up by late Tuesday, that will push snowfall totals in eastern Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties to those higher totals.

Snow squalls look to continue in the Snowbelt through Tuesday night and early Wednesday making the Wednesday commute tough along 90, 271, 422 and 322.

This map shows how much total snow accumulation is expected through this winter storm event.