While I think it’s safe to say that most folks are looking forward to a somewhat rare White Christmas this year, there are some who will need to travel over the next 24 to 48 hours. This special Christmas Eve update will get you caught up with our local weather and what the impacts for travel will be.
CHRISTMAS EVE DAY
The storm system that will bring snow to east-central Ohio later this evening is off to our west. Here in the Valley you’ll have no weather issues to deal with if you need to get some last minute shopping done, or you’re headed out to visit friends and family.
I can’t completely rule out a few flurries or a light snowfall at some point, but anything that you might see today will be light and won’t cause any problems.
As you prepare for dinner this evening, snow will begin to push in from the west at around 6:00/8:00 PM. Temperatures at that time will be a little warm, relatively speaking, so this first round should be wet snow – those nice big wet snowflakes.
Hi-res FutureCast radar from this morning’s run of the HRRR model:
With this being wet sloppy snow, area roads should fare well to start. The main highways and treated roads will initially become wet, but those secondary and back country roads will become snow covered fairly quickly.
As temperatures cool later tonight the snow will become more powdery. Temperatures are expected to drop to the low 20s overnight, so snow will likely have little trouble sticking to the roads. As untreated and less-traveled roads freeze, you’ll need to be mindful of slick spots.
We may get a break or two as snowfall continues through the night, but for the most part, snow will be pretty steady through midnight or 1:00 am.
West winds will pick up tonight with gusts to 30 mph possible at times. Blowing snow will reduce visibility.
The steadies snow will end overnight but a few residual flurries of light snow showers could linger through Christmas Day. These would be fairly light – mostly mood snow. I do not expect any accumulation that would make much of an impact.
Christmas Day will be a cold and blustery day with temperatures only getting to the mid 20s. Gusty west winds will keep wind chills in the single digits Christmas morning and in the low teens during the afternoon. Winds may gust as high as 30 mph at times.
HOW MUCH SNOW?
Everyone should end up with at least an inch of snow, which would make it officially a White Christmas here in the Valley.
I’m not expecting any major travel impacts locally. Sure, there will be snow covered roads to deal with, but this is not going to be a big snow storm. The main highways should be fine locally, but again, rural roads will likely be snow covered and slippery in spots.
As one would expect, higher snow accumulations will occur north and east of our area.
and Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for northern Ohio counties. Keep that in mind if you must travel north over the next couple of days.
Two words – very cold. Any snow we get tonight and tomorrow will stick around. Temperatures will remain cold as we head into the new year and we will not likely see anything above freezing for a while.
Projected 15-day temperature idea from the European ensemble model:
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