Bundle up! Here’s what you need to know about the storm


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia



This map from 2 p.m. shows a massive snow storm moving northeast toward Lorain County, prompting a Winter Weather Advisory for the region.


National Weather Service

Winter is coming… finally.

Perhaps the largest snowy blast of the 2017-2018 season is on its way to Lorain County. Here is what we know about the storm headed this way:

• Temperatures will reach a high of 31 this afternoon with winds of 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent during daylight hours with accumulation of less than an inch.

• A Winter Storm Warning is in effect starting at 5 p.m. today, issued by the National Weather Service. It will stay in place through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

• That’s roughly the window snow is expected to start hitting our region.

• There is a 100 percent chance of snow after dark. New snow accumulation tonight will be three to five inches, according to the NWS.

• We can expect “a solid four to six inches” through 8 a.m. Tuesday, the weather service says.

• Northeast winds across Lake Erie are expected to drive up snowfall totals. Lake-effect snow will primarily be focused on Lorain County, where total storm snowfall could reach six to 10 inches.

• Temperatures will plummet Tuesday behind a low pressure system moving to the Atlantic coastline, bringing lake-effect snow to the Great Lakes. Expect lower 20s.

• Expect northerly winds to gust up to 35 mph on Tuesday closer to Lake Erie. Normal winds will be 10 to 20 mph.

• Blowing and drifting snow is likely to be a problem Tuesday and Wednesday, especially in lake shore communities.

• The chance of more snow — around an inch — is at 70 percent for Wednesday, mainly before 8 p.m., with a low of 18 degrees.

• Less than half an inch is expected to fall Wednesday night, and in isolated showers.

• Travel will likely become dangerous. Only travel if prompted by emergency, the weather service warned. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle.

• The storm will be widespread. It will reach throughout north central Ohio, Northeast Ohio, and northwest Pennsylvania.

• Thursday is expected to be sunny, with a warm-up to around 30 degrees.

• Friday will bring a chance of rain showers in the afternoon as temps hit up to 38 degrees.

This map from 2 p.m. shows a massive snow storm moving northeast toward Lorain County, prompting a Winter Weather Advisory for the region.
http://theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_weather-map.jpgThis map from 2 p.m. shows a massive snow storm moving northeast toward Lorain County, prompting a Winter Weather Advisory for the region.

National Weather Service

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia

comments powered by Disqus