CLEVELAND — Our next winter system rolls in this evening bringing widespread snow and the potential for significant ice to NE Ohio. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that begins Thursday until Friday morning as a mix of snow and ice is expected to affect the entire News 5 viewing area.
The advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. on Friday for NE Ohio.
It looks like there will be a good shot for minor snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches with isolated higher amounts of snow across the northern half of our viewing area. Increased sleet amounts will likely cut down on snowfall totals. We could see 0.1 - 0.25''+ of ice in many communities. This is especially true for Akron, Lodi, and Wooster. Areas to the south of Canton could see predominantly cold rain with periods of freezing rain.
While 1, 2 or even 4 inches doesn’t seem like a lot, the problem is when you get less snow, you get more ice on the ground, which could cause plenty of issues Thursday night into Friday morning.
The widespread sleet and snow should end by late Friday morning but slick roads will persist. Lake effect snow may linger up around the snow belt through Friday evening.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 Weather Road Condition Advisory. Roads are hazardous due to ice and snow. Drive carefully.
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