Pre-winter storm set to blanket area

A snowstorm set to move into the area this weekend will bring the area its first "shovelable" snowfall of the season.

The storm will move into The Plains states Friday and push into the Ohio River Valley Friday night.

We expect snow to cross the Ohio/Indiana border by late evening. The snow should reach the I-75 corridor toward midnight and continue an eastward push into the first few hours of Saturday.

The snow will be moderate and steady for most of Saturday, but some heavier bands of snow could form up late morning into the mid-day hours.

The majority of the snowfall should fall between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday with additional snow showers and flurries lingering into the evening.

As of Thursday night, the WNWO Weather Team was forecasting a general 3" to 5" of total accumulations across most of Northwest Ohio with slightly lesser amounts over our Southeast Michigan counties.

The areas with heavier bands of snow could see up to 6" or 7" of accumulation.

Thankfully, temperatures will be warmer into the weekend, and winds will remain relatively light, so blowing and drifting snow should not be an issue.

Minor adjustments in storm track and intensity still need to be made, so the forecast may vary a bit heading into late Friday.

We urge you to check back regularly for updates.

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