CLEVELAND — A Winter storm will bring another round of icy, snowy weather to Northern Ohio beginning late afternoon Wednesday through Friday morning.
A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for 4 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday for much of the News 5 viewing area, including Lorain, Lake, Erie, Cuyahoga, Medina, Geauga, Richland, Ashtabula, Huron, Summit, Portage and Wayne counties.
Low pressure will travel up the Ohio River Valley into Pennsylvania Wednesday night and Thursday morning spreading in a mix of rain, ice and snow. A strong arctic cold front will slide in behind the low during the day on Thursday, bringing in the coldest air of the season to begin the weekend.
A wintry mix of snow, ice and rain will slide northeast into the region by late Wednesday afternoon. Moderate to briefly heavy snow may be the beginning precipitation type for many of us in Northern Ohio just in time for the afternoon rush hour.
A mix of snow, ice and rain will continue Wednesday night into Thursday morning before the cold, arctic air turns all precipitation over to scattered snow showers Thursday and Thursday night.
There is still great uncertainty with snowfall and ice accumulation amounts at this time. The best chance for 4 or more inches of snow Wednesday night through Thursday morning's rush hour remains close to the Lake Erie shoreline from Ashtabula through Cleveland and areas west to Lorain, Elyria, Sandusky, Norwalk, Toledo and Findlay.
Farther south, rain and freezing rain will cut down on snowfall amounts. But, a tenth of an inch of ice or more could accumulate causing many travel issues in our central and southern counties such as Akron, Canton, Medina, Mansfield, Millersburg, Kent, Ravenna and Younsgtown.
The forecast will continue to evolve as we get closer to the event. A small shift north or south in the storm track will drastically change snow and ice expectations! But, everyone should prepare for disruptive Winter Weather for the Wednesday and Thursday morning commutes.
A blast of bitter arctic air will keep some lake effect snow going for the snowbelt areas east of Cleveland Thursday night and Friday morning. High temperatures Friday will struggle to top near 20 degrees with wind chills in the single digits. Overnight lows Friday and Saturday mornings will be in the single digits and lower teens.
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