CLEVELAND — Here we go again! We're tracking a storm system that will bring snow to several Northeast Ohio counties starting on Saturday afternoon and continuing into Sunday.
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The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow warning for Ashtabula County (inland only), Geauga County, and Lake County until 2 p.m. Sunday. Officials are expecting "heavy" accumulation landing anywhere between 5 to 9 inches, with wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour.
A winter weather advisory has also been extended until 2 p.m. Sunday for the previously mentioned areas as well as Ashtabula County (lakeshore only), and Cuyahoga County. Lake effect now is expected to reach 2 to 5 inches along and near the Lake Erie shore, and 3 to 6 inches elsewhere in Cuyahoga. The affected counties could see winds gust as high as 45 miles per hour.
"This won't be a widespread snow by any means, but where that band of lake effect snow persists, we could quickly see several inches of snow Saturday night into early Sunday," explains 3News Senior Meteorologist Matt Wintz.
Motorists should plan on slippery road conditions and poor visibility during the advisory. The National Weather Service adds that maximum snowfall rates of one inch per hour are expected at times, especially Saturday evening into the predawn hours of Sunday morning.
Wintz says Sunday will feature leftover lake snows mainly early with clearing skies the rest of the day. It will still be cold with highs in the upper 30s at best. A nice recovery is expected into next week as we welcome in Spring! Temps will head back into the 40s and 50s with lots of sun to start the week.