Windy conditions dominate as we start off today, bringing colder air in over the state. We continue to see light snow over the northern part of the state, and that snow will be ending by midday in most area. We won’t rule out fresh coating to half an inch this morning in areas from US 30 northward, but that snow will be ending from west to east. Lake effect snow will be likely in northern Ohio, particularly in NE Ohio, where we could see another 1-4 inches with the lake enhancement. Blowing snow may also end up being more of a problem than fresh snow in many northern areas today. We should see partly to mostly sunny skies across the rest of the state today, and that same sky condition will funnel in behind the snow as it ends in the north. Wind should subside this afternoon. We stay mostly sunny tomorrow, but chilly.
On Friday, we see clouds increasing statewide. A southern track for the low pressure system we have been talking about all week is starting to take shape. However, it also is delaying its arrival just a bit, so clouds build through the day in the south, while the northern half of Ohio likely turns out rather nice for most of the day .We can see snow start to develop in far southern parts of the state late Friday evening toward midnight and then continues trough mid morning Saturday. The current track keeps most of the southern half of the state in light snow, and the heaviest action will be near the Ohio River. Right now we would put most of the snow in a coating to 2 inch range, and say near the river, particularly in south central Ohio, 2-6 inches. The heavier moisture laden part of the system stays just south of the state line. Cold air stays behind this system.
Windy and colder for the balance of Saturday, with partly to mostly sunny skies emerging. On Sunday, clouds are back, and we will see some light snow. We expect a coating to 2 inches over 70% of the state from Sunday midnight through early morning Monday. However, later Monday we try to turn out mostly sunny and cold for President’s Day. We still expect some sub-zero lows for the morning of Presidents day.
Tuesday the 19th clouds increase. Snow develops in central parts of the state mid to late afternoon with rain farther south. Then the snow spreads north through the overnight and into Wednesday. On Wednesday snow will be ending, but not before leaving some additional accumulation in the far northern part of the state. We think that most of the northern two thirds of the stat can see 1”-3” of snow combined for the Tuesday-Wednesday AM period, and areas from US 30 northward may add another coating to an inch early Wednesday before the snow ends. The map at right shows potential snow totals from this event. Keep in mind this is a week out…and plenty can change. Clouds will give way to sun for the balance of Wednesday. Thursday and Friday turn out mostly sunny.
In the extended period, a quick burst of snow can fall in the overnight next Friday night into early Saturday, bringing a coating to 3 inches to the northern part of the state, nothing south. Then we see rain from Sunday afternoon through Monday, with liquid equivalent precipitation totals of .25”- .75” and coverage at 90%. Colder air follows that system, and we could see snows over the northern part of the state for late the 26th and again late the 27th.