A major late autumn storm is taking aim on the region and is poised to drop a healthy white blanket across the region by Saturday night. Snowfall totals look to be enough for shoveling, sledding, plowing and will challenge your winter weather driving skills.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Wyandot, Seneca, Sandusky, Ottawa, Erie, Huron, Monroe, Lenawee and Hilsdale Counties, and goes into effect Friday evening at 9 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m. Saturday night. These locations can expect snowfall totals of 4-6" by that time. Meanwhile, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Allen and Van Wert Counties, also from 9 p.m. Friday night until 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Anywhere from 5 to 8" of fresh snow will be possible in these areas.
The only significant difference between a Winter Advisory and Winter Storm Warning is the amount of snow expected. They both indicate that significant travel problems are anticipated as a result of the snow, and travel should be avoided, if possible.
Steady snow will begin across northwest Ohio and southeast Michgan overnight Friday after midnight, with an inch or two possible by sunrise Saturday. The snow will become widespread and steady by daybreak Saturday, and will keep coming throughout the day with highs close to 30 degrees. The good news is that at these temperatures, salt and the chemicals used on roadways is more effective compared to if it were colder. So treated roadways will improve faster, but will still take the efforts of plows and roadcrews to clear.
Snowfall winds down Saturday evening, ending from west to east. The rest of the night will be cloudy with a few stray flurries as we start to dig out from the storm.
A few flurries remain possible Sunday, but no more accumulation is expected. It will also be bit colder, with high temperatures in the low to mid 20s.