First storm of 2014 will come in stages, deposit inches

2014 is starting out with plenty of snow and cold for the WNWO viewing area.

The first wave of snow overspread the area Tuesday evening, moving from west to east through the midnight hour. Snow was concentrated along the Ohio/Michigan borderland areas. Areas between I-94 and the Ohio Turnpike were expected to see from 1" to 3" of snow by sunrise. Areas just to the north and south of that strip were to get an inch or less by sunup.

There will likely be a bit of a lull in the snow through New Year's Morning with the snow moving back in by mid to late afternoon. This second wave will spread across the area from the northwest to the southeast leaving many in areas like Findlay and Tiffin wondering where the snow is.

Be's coming. Just delayed a bit from some.

By late Wednesday evening another 2" to 3" will fall for most...while others, again closer to the OH/MI border, could see as much as 3" to 5" of new snow in that same timeframe.

The snow then continues for just about everyone overnight Wednesday night into the first half of the day Thursday.

All said and done, areas along and north of I-94 in lower Michigan could see from 4" to 6" of snow.

Complete forecast from WNWO Weather Team

Areas just south of I-94 stretching south to around the Ohio Turnpike could see as much as 6" to 8" of snow from the entire event...while areas south of the Pike will range from 4" to 6" on down to 3" to 5" total far south.

An additional component will be the winds. While late Wednesday will be breezy, say winds between 10 to 15 mph...the wind will increase into Thursday afternoon. Winds of 20 to 25 mph, gusting to 35mph at times, should be expected.

While conditions are expected to remain below "Blizzard" criteria...we may approach them at times late Thursday.

The windy conditions will cause blowing and drifting snow during and after the storm. Prolonged travel problems, especially in more open/rural areas, should be expected well into Thursday night.

And did we mention the cold??? That's coming too. Highs will be in the low 20s Wednesday and Thursday...with single digit lows into the weekend. Highs Friday will struggle into the upper teens at best.

Snow, wind and cold. Arriving just in time to start the new year.


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