Remember when people were like, "If this is what this winter will be like, I'll take it!" Yeah. Let's just go ahead and blame them.
Northeast Ohio winters are KNOWN to be quiet and then we get into a pattern when things get busy in a flash.
Busy is the least of it. We have some major stuff to talk about. Let's get to it.
Tonight and Wednesday: A clipper-type system swinging through the Great Lakes will bring us a chance for flurries and a freezing drizzle mix tonight and through the morning Wednesday. While we aren't thinking this will cause problems for the morning commute, it is worth noting some slick spots will be possible. I also think we'll have a chance for flurries and spotty freezing drizzle into the afternoon. Keep the ice scrapers handy just because.
Thursday: A storm system moving through the Ohio Valley will spread snow across Ohio. While the snow accumulations aren't expected to be anything we can't handle (1"-3" generally), the late day timing of the snow may complicate the evening commute and any Thursday night activities.
Friday... we breathe deep...
Saturday to Sunday: A major storm system known as a "Panhandle Hook" will spread snow across Northeast Ohio. There is potential for significant accumulations of heavy snow, but where the heaviest snow falls will depend upon track and speed - and it's too early to nail that down. So we stick with "potential" and hope it all changes. We will ALSO have to contend with high wind. This will be a very big complication to the snow in terms of visibility, drifting, and power outages. And as the temperatures plummet Sunday night into Monday that becomes a huge issue.
Bottom line: Based on what I am seeing today...
Tonight: Wintry mix is notable, but not terribly concerning.
Thursday: Snow could be an inconvenience.
Saturday-Sunday: Snow and wind will be significant. Travel strongly discouraged.
Sunday-Monday: Extremely cold. Heavy, widespread lake snow potential.
If the storm moves north of current track we get less snow. If the storm moves south of current track, we get less snow. If the storm is less/more intense, the temperatures are warmer/colder, if the storm speeds up/slows down ... it all changes.
We are telling you these things in hopes that you will be ready. If it happens you're prepared. If it doesn't you keep on moving on and probably make a lot of snarky remarks about the weather lady. ;) That's okay.
Just please, please keep up with the latest forecast from trusted sources. Tomorrow everything may look different. There is a LOT of crap on the internet. I'm not saying I will be right, but I'm just asking that you trust that we have you and your safety at the front on our minds rather than clicks you'll find elsewhere.
TONIGHT | Cloudy with flurries and patchy freezing drizzle. Some light icing is possible. 20s (steady, rising toward 30)
WEDNESDAY | Patchy freezing drizzle and flurries, otherwise cloudy. Breezy. | 30s in the morning, 20s for afternoon
THURSDAY | Snow developing. 1"-3" accumulation for all. | Mid 30s
FRIDAY | Cloudy skies. | Low 30s
SATURDAY | Heavy snow developing. Very windy. | Near 30
SUNDAY | Heavy snow continues, changing to widespread lake snow. Windy. Temps falling from around 20 into the teens
MONDAY | Lake snow continues, but tapers off during the day. FRIGID! | Low/mid teens (single digit, even near 0 morning lows)
TUESDAY | Mostly cloudy. Frigid start near 0 for many, mid 20s for afternoon
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