Winter storm to bring mixed wintry precipitation, messy commute for Wednesday morning

All signs continue to point to a widespread wintry mess Tuesday night through Wednesday morning with a winter storm system tracking through the Ohio Valley. This storm will have travel impacts for east-central Ohio and the Tuscarawas Valley beginning tonight and continuing into Wednesday morning.

TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUTE: Colder air aloft will support snow showers spreading southwest to northeast initially beginning here in the Tuscarawas Valley anytime after 2:00 AM. Snowfall rates could be moderate to heavy at times with rates approaching 1.00 to 1.50 inches per hour through sunrise Wednesday morning. Accumulation of 1.00 to 3.00 inches will be possible across a large swath including east-central Ohio. Visibility will be reduced considerable where moderate to heavy snowfall occurs.

North American Model (NAM) simulated radar for 7:00 AM Wednesday morning.

SUNRISE WEDNESDAY – WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: A warm area aloft will develop early Wednesday morning that will result in a mixed bag of widespread wintry precipitation through Wednesday afternoon. Small north/south adjustments in the track of this system will determine exactly where these changes in precip types occur. This can include snow, rain, sleet and periods of freezing rain.

Precipitation should end quickly late Wednesday morning / Wednesday early afternoon.

Snow accumulation tonight through Wednesday afternoon will average 2.00 to 4.00 inches across the Tuscarawas Valley region.

Periods of rain, sleet, snow, and freezing rain will be possible with this system anytime after sunrise Wednesday morning. Trace amounts of freezing rain accumulation (0.01″) will be possible on untreated roads and walkways.

THIS STORM WILL IMPACT YOUR WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUTE. Allow extra time to get to your destination. If you can avoid/delay going to work Wednesday morning I would advise doing so. School closings/adjustments are likely.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for ALL counties in our area including Tuscarawas, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Harrison, Muskingum, Guernsey, Wayne, Holmes, Stark for up to 6.00 inches of snow AND trace ice accumulation.

I’ll have updates throughout the day on our social media pages as well as an update this evening with the latest model data and NWS ideas as needed.

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