Wednesday Morning Winter Weather Update: Snow’s on the Way

Published 7:10 AM EST Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Not much has changed this morning with the winter weather due to impact the Valley today. I’ll include a quick review of the local forecast and pass along some additional information that might help you deal with today’s weather.

We’re still on track to receive 3″ to 5″ of snow over the next 24 hours in our area. (8:00 AM Wednesday through 8:00 AM Thursday) Generally speaking, the further east and south you travel in eastern Ohio, the more snow you’ll run into. Expect the eastern and southeastern portions of our area to see snow totals on the higher end of the scale when this is done.

The NWS forecast grids (NDFD) issued earlier this morning pretty much lines up with this idea. Notice that these grids from NWS are for snowfall. They do not take initial melting into account.

W Inter Weather Advisory is in effect for our area from 7:00 AM this morning until 7:00 AM Thursday. This includes Tuscarawas, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Wayne, and Stark counties.

This morning’s high-resolution data has honed in on the timing of snowfall much better. Snow will spread southeast to northwest. Things look to get underway locally around 10:00 AM/12:00 PMtoday. The bulk of the snowfall should exit east of the area by 12:00 AM/2:00 AM Thursday.

HI-RES FUTURE-CAST RADAR through 11:00 PM Wednesday

Expect to see scattered snow showers to continue into Thursday morning.

Locally, we will likely begin with light snow but snowfall rates will increase during the afternoon and early evening. Snow rates can be moderate to heavy at times. The period of heaviest snowfall is expected to occur late this afternoon and tonight.

Temperatures today will stay near 32°/34°. The snow will be fairly wet and heavy or around a 12/1 ratio.

Although this won’t bring blockbuster snow to the area, it will have impacts on your travels today. Plan on snow-covered roads this afternoon and evening. As is always the case, less-traveled and untreated roads will be in worse shape than the main roads. You know the drill.

Watch for periods of moderate to heavy snowfall rates late this afternoon and this evening. This can have an impact on visibility if you’re making your way home from work/school.

Snow will also become more likely to stick to surfaces more efficiently as temperatures begin to cool after 3/4 PM this afternoon.

Expect a few snow light snow showers/flurries to linger into Thursday morning, but generally, our weather will be dry Thursday and Friday. Daytime highs should be in the mid/upper-30s.

As always, I’ll have local weather updates on and the TUSCWeather web app if and when needed. You can also get updates throughout the day on my Twitter feed.

Be safe out there.



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