COLUMBUS, Ohio - Winter is announcing its presence with authority in Ohio.

Winter weather advisories were posted as a major storm moves through the state Friday - officially the first day of winter that began at 6:12 a.m. this morning.

Strong winds and snow are possible, especially in northeast Ohio where there could be as much as a foot of accumulation in some areas of the snow belt. Forecasters were calling for 1 to 3 inches of snow for other parts of the state.

A cold front and winds gusting up to 50 mph swept in Friday night as the storm plodded across the Midwest - canceling thousands of flights and causing whiteout conditions in the hardest hit regions of Iowa and Wisconsin.

Ohio will stay cold after the storm passes through, with high temperatures in the 30s.