Tracking the next winter storm for Columbus, central Ohio: Tonight – Thursday

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: WEDNESDAY EVENING – FRIDAY MORNING

Winter weather advisories are set to go into effect for Southeast Ohio Wednesday evening and carry through Friday morning. Snowfall will start late Wednesday night, and 2-3″ and a light glaze of ice on top of what fell early this week and will contribute to hazardous travel conditions.

TIMING OF SNOW:

The evening will generally remain dry as snow is moving in from our south/southwest.

Just before midnight you will notice like snow showers start to move into our area in the south.

We will watch light snow showers starting to increase in coverage as we head near midnight early Thursday morning.

During the overnight when temperatures drop into the upper teens to near 20, we will see light snow showers falling in much of our area.

Light snow showers will cover much of the area with a fresh coat of light accumulations overnight tonight and before the morning commute. With temps cold enough, expect it to stick around unless it is cleared out by a human.

This light accumulation will have an impact by slowing things down during the morning commute. Keep in mind also, that in addition to fresh snow, temps will remain at about 15°-22° across our area at the bus stop, and a light breeze will knock chills into the teens.

By mid-morning we will see scattered snow showers across our area. The thing we will be watching for in the southeast is the possibility of a little bit of light mix in the far southeast part of our area.

Snow showers will start to scattered out during the day. Generally speaking we will see lighter totals during the day, and temps that could push to the warmest temps in nearly two weeks at freezing.

By the evening drive, snow showers will start to thin out. But, remember to still watch for slick spots on the road from a fresh coating of light snow even when snow is not falling.

HOW MUCH SNOWFALL TO EXPECT:

Overnight into Thursday’s morning commute, we will be waking up to around 1/2-1″ of snowfall.

As snow showers continue on Thursday, we will see totals around 1-3″ across Central Ohio, with heavier totals closer to 2-4″ to the southeast of I-71 and lighter totals around 1-2″ northwest of the I-71 corridor.

Keep in mind that this snowfall will build up on leftover snow, sleet and freezing rain from earlier this week, which will contribute to slick road conditions and hazardous travel. So if you have to travel, remember “ice & snow, take it slow!”

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