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These are the latest snowfall projections for the winter storm this weekend

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Posted at 9:30 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 10:29:45-05

CLEVELAND — A winter storm will likely impact the NE Ohio area beginning Saturday morning bringing the potential for 6+ inches of snow through early Sunday morning!

For the rest of today and tonight, expect periods of light snow. Snow totals today will likely range from a trace to 2 inches, with most spots only getting around 1 inch. This snow will be light, but will come during the evening drive home. So be careful on the roads and watch out for slick spots.

RELATED: Winter Storm Watch in effect this weekend across Northeast Ohio

Winter Storm Watches are in effect for the entire News 5 viewing area. Those may be upgraded to Warnings Friday afternoon. We're getting a much better handle on this storm with each update.

Friday? Great! No worries. We're cloudy, cool and dry. Take today to prepare for our weekend storm.

By Saturday morning, a major winter storm is expected to impact the area bringing the threat for several inches of snow, major travel disruptions, and windy conditions.

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It all gets started overnight with a brief burst of a mix. Minor impacts with this wave. Treat it like an appetizer. The "main course" is arriving between sunrise and noon. Plan on snow most of the day. The heaviest snow will be from Mansfield to Akron.

Temperatures will drop

This isn't just a snowstorm, though.

The coldest air of the season so far arrives Sunday with highs in the teens and lows in the single digits. Wind chills Sunday night will likely dip to -10 to -20!

The cold air sinking south out of Canada will be the coldest air we've seen this season... so far. In addition to the cold, winds gusting over 30 mph. Blowing snow, sub-zero wind chills and downed trees could delay the cleanup even more.

There are several ways to stay informed this weekend. Make sure you're checking in online, on air and on our app!

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