Another powerful winter storm taking aim at northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan remains on track, and will be followed by extremely dangerous cold that will linger into the new work week. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire area for Sunday and Sunday night, meaning travel conditions will be treacherous, if not impossible due to the wintry weather.
As of Saturday evening, some light snow had developed in portions of Michigan and Illinois. Through the rest of Saturday night, some light snow will be possible in and around Toledo, but accumulations will remain on the low side??less than an inch by sunrise Sunday.
Things will pick up Sunday afternoon and continue into the early evening, when some of the heaviest bands of snow will move through, and roads become extremely treacherous once again. Accumulations look to range from six inches on the low side to 11 inches on the high side, with most of us likely falling between seven and 10 inches by Monday morning.
The other major concern on the backside of this storm is wind. They will be gusting in excess of 30 mph, meaning some of the final bands of snow Sunday night could lead to white out conditions. Snow showers will remain possible through Monday, but most accumulating snows will end by sunrise Monday morning. But as winds continue to howl, blowing and drifting snow will continue to cause travel headaches through at least Tuesday.
The strong winds will also be accompanied by brutally cold air, with actual temperatures dropping below zero by Monday afternoon. The mercury may stay below zero until Wednesday, with wind chills falling to anywhere from -20 to -40. Actual air temperatures Tuesday morning will range from -10 to -20, which would easily beat the record low of -6 set in Toledo on that date in 1970. In these conditions, frost bite can take hold within just minutes, so limit your time outdoors, and cover as much skin as you can if you must head out. You should also limit the time outdoors for your pets, as the cold will impact them as well. Due to the dangerous cold, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning starting Monday morning and lasting until Wednesday for our area. Be safe, and stay warm!
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