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Here it comes: The first snowstorm of the season has arrived

Posted at 2:32 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 22:29:20-05

CLEVELAND — It's here. We've got snow in Norwalk, Sandusky, Mansfield and Ashland, all the way down to Coshocton. It's making a slow progression to the east. The rain is starting to turn to snow on the west side and is expected to be widespread snow within the next couple of hours.

Everyone will have a little bit of accumulation tonight.

Snow falls in Ashland County

Roads will be wet and slick.

Watch: Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson breaks down upcoming snowfall totals.

How much snow will we get tonight?

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

We can expect widespread snow through the night, says meteorologist Bryan Shaw. Everyone will see some accumulations by morning, and that is going to make travel tough for that morning drive to work, especially since snow continues to fall.

How much snow by Wednesday?

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

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.

More on possible snowfall totals here.

Snow emergency levels

Erie County issued a Level One Snow Emergency level due to road conditions.

Snow Emergency classifications, according to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness:

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

Weather alerts galore
We've got Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories in place across Northeast Ohio starting at 7 p.m. on Monday night. See where those are in place here.

Snow parking bans
Are now in effect for:

  • Canton Township from Monday, Nov. 30 at 8 PM until Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8 AM.
  • City of Lorain starting at midnight Tues. Dec. 1.

What ODOT's up to
Because rain is expected to fall first before turning into snow, ODOT can’t pretreat the roads with salt, as the rain would wash it away. Luckily, pavement temperatures are still high enough that the rain isn't expected to freeze when it hits.

ODOT says it has 300 plows ready to roll across Northeast Ohio, 315,000 tons of salt and crews working 12-hour days, in two shifts to clear roads 24/7.

More from ODOT here.

Is your car safe for winter weather conditions?

With the arrival of winter weather, it’s important to make sure your car is up for the challenge to ensure the safety of yourself and others. More here.

School closings

Districts across Northeast Ohio have announced they will be closed on Tuesday. Click here to see if your school will be closed.

Click here to view our interactive radar.

Read and watch the latest Power of 5 forecast here.

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