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Spring may officially arrive next week, but Mother Nature is giving us another reminder that we're still in the midst of winter.

That's why the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory across Northeast Ohio through early Thursday morning.

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The National Weather Services says low pressure will move through the lower Ohio Valley with rain moving into the area. The rain will change to snow toward sunrise in Northwest Ohio and spread southeast this morning as colder air moves in behind the low.

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As the rain transitions to snow, there could be a period of freezing rain. A glaze of ice is possible for most areas throughout the WKYC viewing area.

For those in the Winter Storm Warning:

* Accumulations: 3-6 inches with the heaviest snow falling from mid-morning through late afternoon Wednesday. Lake Effect snow will taper off through the evening.

* Winds: North 20-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Impacts: Snow and ice will make travel hazardous and slow across the region. Untreated surfaces will be slick. Visibilities will drop below a half mile in the heaviest snow.

* Temperatures: The temperatures will drop through the day to near 20 degrees by late afternoon and into the single digits overnight.

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when severe weather is expected. Heavy snow and/or ice will cause hazardous driving conditions. If you will be traveling in the warning area, you should choose an alternate route, if possible. Authorities say you should use extreme caution if travel is unavoidable.

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For those in the Winter Weather Advisory:

* Accumulations: 2-4 inches.

* Timing: Snow beginning early afternoon. Most intense snow expected late afternoon and evening.

* Impacts: Hazardous travel conditions are expected due to snow-covered roads and temperatures falling below freezing will cause icy roads.

* Winds: Northwest 15-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Wind chills between -10 and -15 Thursday morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means that traveling will be inhibited due to slippery roads and reduced visibility. Use caution when traveling and report snow accumulation to the National Weather Service by calling 421-262-1988.

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