Second wave of New Year's snow and cold arrives for area
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:45:44 GMT —
Right on cue...more snow rolled into NW Ohio and SE Michigan late New Year's Day.
The snow will continue to intensify and widen in coverage through Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Additional components of wind and cold will make for difficult conditions for the end of the week.
Timing of snow: Wednesday evening will feature light/steady snow...transitioning to a more moderate rate of snowfall overnight into Thursday morning. Snow tapers off into Thursday afternoon.
Snow amounts: A general 2" to 4" of new snow will fall by sunrise Thursday morning...with an additional 2" to 4" possible through mid-day Thursday.
Wind and Cold: Breezy conditions will exist overnight Wednesday night into early Thursday. Windy conditions develop into late Thursday morning and will continue into Thursday night. Northerly winds of 20-25mph, gusting to 30mph at times should be expected. Wind chills into Friday morning will be near -20 degrees.
Despite the best efforts of some amateur forecasters on Facebook...the storm will NOT reach blizzard criteria. While near-blizzard conditions may exist at times...the storm will fall short of an official blizzard.
Blowing and drifting snow will be a problem through Thursday afternoon and night. Roadways in open areas will be problematic.
Arctic cold moves in behind the storm. Friday's highs will only be in the low to mid-teens....and overnight lows Thursday and Friday night will be in the lower single digits.
Temps jump back up Saturday and Sunday where highs in the mid to upper 20s are expected. Then eyes turn to what looks to be another "shovel-able" storm for Sunday.
Sunday's snowfall totals are not yet clear...but the potential does exist for a significant storm in our area.
Beyond that...yet another punch of bitter cold will move in for the first few days of next week.
School closings and delays are constantly updated on the website as well.