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Winter Storm Warnings issued in Northeast Ohio with heavy snow expected Christmas Eve through Sat.

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 08:08:50-05

CLEVELAND — The Winter Storm Watches are now Winter Storm Warnings for several parts of Northeast Ohio as the National Weather Service warns of heavy snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches with higher amounts possible in some areas.

Winter Storm Warnings will be in effect from 1 p.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Saturday in the following counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake.

Widespread snow on Thursday will eventually transition to localized Lake Effect snow across the primary Snowbelt Friday morning, the NWS says. Additional periods of lake effect snow, which may be heavy at times, are expected into Saturday morning.

The heaviest snowfall is expected along and near the lakeshore, the NWS says.

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Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, which could make travel very difficult and create hazardous conditions for the morning and evening commutes.

The NWS says that if you must travel, you should keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. For the latest road conditions, you can call 511.

Several other Northeast Ohio counties — Holmes, Lorain, Medina, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne — will remain under a Winter Weather Advisory from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning as the winter storm is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow to those areas.

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