Timing of the Snowfall

The first measurable snowfall of 2022 for the Columbus area, and the first light snowfall since Dec. 7-8, will arrive late Thursday afternoon.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued until Friday morning for southeastern Ohio, including Vinton, Jackson and Athens counties. A Winter Storm Warning continues for areas along and south of the Ohio River in the far southeastern corner of the state, where up to 4 inches of snow fell overnight.

We should make it through the morning drive and midday hours just fine, but things will look different during the evening commute, especially along and south of the I-71 corridor.

By noon, we will start to see not only more clouds, but the light snow spreading east across Tennessee, Kentucky and along the Ohio River.

The direction of the snow will be driven by a counterclockwise flow around an area of low pressure over the Southern states. As the low pushes through Middle Tennessee, light snow will expand northeast along the I-71 corridor.

The snow in central Ohio will be light but widespread through the evening drive, so make sure that you plan for extra travel time and leave extra stopping distance between your car and the car in front of you, and road crews.

Snow will continue through the evening and eventually thin out overnight. By midnight, snow will move east, out of the state, but we’ll still be left with a few flurries and a frigid wind.

Even though snow will be well out of the area by the Friday morning commute, slippery travel is still a factor. Gusty northwesterly winds will keep winter conditions in full force, with temperatures in the teens and a wind chill near zero.

The cold start to the day on Friday could lead to icy roads. Friday’s highs will only top off in the low 20s, before falling back down to the teens Friday night. Temperatures will moderate into the 30s Saturday and 40s Sunday, with rain showers. Colder weather will return Sunday night and early next week behind a strong cold front.

Snowfall Totals

Columbus is on track to pick up a light coating of snow, especially near and southeast of the I-71 corridor, totaling a little less than an inch An inch or a little more will fall south of Route 22. Southeastern Ohio will receive 2 to 3 inches, with the highest totals near the Ohio River.

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