COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Cold temperatures, harsh wind, and big fat snowflakes are still falling early on this Saturday morning.
What you should expect for the next few hours
Snow and WIND, and lots of it!
Strong northerly winds gusted to between 30 and 40 mph during the storm overnight, causing considerable blowing and drifting, making for drifting and hazardous driving conditions. The wind will remain brisk through the first part of the day until low pressure moves farther east to the Atlantic coast. Expect subzero wind chills while shoveling about 4 inches of snow atop a layer of ice. The wind will slacken this afternoon as arctic high pressure builds in, bringing dry and frigid weather for the remainder of the weekend. More snow could arrive late Monday, and we could see another inch or two for the Monday evening commute on Martin Luther King Jr. day.
Most of our southeastern counties are already under level 2 and level 3 snow emergencies, where there was more ice and the terrain is quite hilly.
According to ODOT officials, more than 200 snow plows are working to clear routes in Central Ohio, however the wind and the blowing snow is making it difficult to clear the roadways. Officials say if you don’t have to be out today just stay inside, but if you do need to go out they urge you to be careful.
For a complete list: Snow emergencies for Central & Southern Ohio
Bottom line, stay in if you can tonight!
We still have a Winter Weather Advisory for Central Ohio and a Winter Storm Warning for areas to our southeast until mid-morning.
To the south and east we continue to have Winter Storm Warnings through this morning.
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