CLEVELAND — Winter is coming.
A significant winter storm will likely impact all of Northern Ohio Monday through Wednesday morning.
Low pressure developing over Louisiana will rapidly move north into Western Pennsylvania during the day on Monday. This "Louisiana Low" will bring rain for most of us across Northern Ohio before the Monday morning commute.
It will start raining on Monday and turn to snow.
It will be tough to get snow to accumulate Monday with temperatures in the middle and upper 30s and the warm ground.
Western counties will probably have snow by the Monday evening commute but if you are east of 77 we may not see the change until after sunset.
Everyone will see rain change to snow once the sun goes down Monday evening and that snow could quickly pile up overnight.
Much of the area can expect 3 to 6 inches of new snowfall by 7 am Tuesday.
Snow will continue throughout the day on Tuesday especially closer to the lake front
The snow could be particularly heavy over the primary and secondary snow belts of northern Ohio from northern Lorain County, east through greater Cleveland, Lake, and Geauga counties, thanks to added moisture from Lake Erie.
This is known as "Lake Enhanced Snow."
Meanwhile, snowfall will gradually taper to flurries across our west and southern counties by Tuesday afternoon as our "Louisiana Low" pulls away and we transition to Lake Effect Snow for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Snowfall totals for this storm event will be in the three to eight-inch range area wide by Wednesday morning, with a few spots in the Snowbelt measuring between eight and 12 or more inches by noon Wednesday.
Winds during the day on Tuesday and Tuesday night will gust to near 35 mph causing blowing and drifting snow, low visibility, and hazardous driving conditions.
Wind chills will also hang in the teens Tuesday and Tuesday night.
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