Biggest storm of the season on its way

Get ready for the biggest winter storm of the season as a series of low pressure systems will enter the picture from the southwest, starting late Monday night and lasting through Wednesday evening.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan and will last until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says 12 to 16 inches of snow could fall locally by Wednseday evening, with greater amounts into Michigan. Ice and a wintry mix will lessen amounts, especially farther south of Toledo. In fact, there could be significant icing.

The snow will start late Monday night and continue on Tuesday morning. Then another push, even stronger, will affect the region into Wednesday, Groundhog Day. Watch for the wind to increase on Wednesday as well, creating blizzard like conditions.

With the presence of sleet, snow and ice, residents are being urged to prepare themselves for the possibility of power outages. AEP Ohio has provided information should residents be left without power during and following the forecasted winter storm.

In anticipation of the storm, the city of Blissfield has declared a Snow Emergency effective 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. Any motor vehicle and trailers must be removed from the streeets by the owner or the owner will be ticketed and the vehicle possibly towed.Stay tuned to NBC24 and for the latest weather developments and school closings .