A major weather change is underway over Ohio today. A cold front is blasting through, and we expect snow in many areas of the state before all is said and done. Snow starts mid to late morning in far western and NW Ohio, and then spreads from there south and east. We begin to see lake effect later this afternoon and then overnight tonight through tomorrow. Liquid equivalent precipitation is not all that impressive today, but we still think we can see a coating to 2 inches of snow over a large part of the state, Snow continues tonight and we see a significant batch of lake enhancement/lake effect in northern areas, where we add an additional several inches. So, that coating to 2 inches holds for today and tomorrow from I-70 south, and then north we can see 1-5 inches, and near the lake totals could be higher. We should see most precipitation done by the end of tomorrow.
Precipitation is one story, the brutal cold is the other. Temps are diving today, and will be the coldest tomorrow and Wednesday. we will be anywhere from 25-30 degrees below normal. Strong winds will keep wind chills top of mind too. This is a dramatic change and it will take the rest of the week to try and recover/bounce back from it.
We are mostly dry over a large part of the state for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with some sunshine temps starting to moderate slightly by the end of the week. The weekend is partly to mostly sunny and dry too. Then for next week, more of the same. Sunshine and blue sky for Monday and Tuesday, but we may see clouds and a chance for a little light rain or snow next Wednesday. Generally, temps will be the warmest of the next 10 days this Sunday into Monday. This set up likely still allows for some harvest later this coming week and next in areas outside of lake effect snow zones.