Weather

As remnants of Alberto move in keep an eye on weather

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The remnants of sub-tropical storm Alberto will move into Indiana today and impact Ohio.  Periods of heavy rain will be possible late this afternoon into the overnight hours.  Rain chances will continue on Thursday.  Total rainfall through Friday morning will be 0.50” to 1.5” of rain in isolated areas.  The SPC also has NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather late this afternoon and evening.  This storm system will allow for some rotation in the atmosphere that could cause an isolated brief tornado as well as damaging straight-line winds.  Please monitor weather conditions today and into this evening.

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Heavier snow on its way

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The next storm system will move into the area after midnight Thursday night/Friday morning.  This will be a longer duration snowfall which will last through the early morning hours of Saturday.  Heavier snow bands are likely by late Friday morning and into the afternoon hours.  With the current projected path, the heavier snow (6”+ of new snow) will be north of the Maumee River and that area is currently under a Winter Storm WATCH.  Areas south of the Maumee River (including Wood County) are currently forecasted to be in the 3”-5” range.  Areas south of the Maumee River will likely have a Winter Weather ADVISORY issues by Thursday evening if the current forecasted storm path holds true. As the above information indicates, Wood County is very close to the heavier (6”+) forecasted snow area.  With snowfall still 38 hours away and there is always the potential for a slight change in the forecasted path of the storm, everyone should be prepared for the potential of heavier snow from this storm system should a slight change to the south occur.  It would only take 20 miles to the south of a change in the forecasted storm path to put Wood County into the heavier snow totals, so it is important to monitor local media and weather radios for the latest weather information over the next 48 hours. And yes, there is another likelihood of accumulating snow on Sunday…potentially heavier snowfall.  Again, please check with local media and weather radios over the weekend for the latest information on Sunday’s storm system.


Winter weather update on week’s second storm

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The next storm system will impact Ohio overnight tonight (Feb. 6) and into at least the first half of Wednesday.  Snow will begin well after midnight tonight and begin to taper off by early afternoon on Wednesday.  Expected snowfall is around 2” total for this storm.  Once again, Northeast, Central, and Southeast Ohio will see the biggest impacts from this storm with 4”+ expected in those areas.  Obviously, this storm will have more of a solid impact on the Wednesday morning commute due to falling snow.  Winds are not expected to be an issue with this storm system. We are still monitoring the Thursday night/Friday storm system.  At this time it is starting to look like a few inches of new snow, but the exact path is still underdetermined, so forecasted snow totals could still go up or down.


Keep your snow shovels handy

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A very active storm tract through the Ohio Valley and the Lower Great Lakes will bring three storm systems with accumulating snow to our area this week. Storm No. 1 will move into the area late this evening and into the overnight hours.  1.5”-2” of fluffy type snow can be expected.  Tuesday morning’s commute may be slippery. Storm No. 2 will move into the area late Tuesday evening and into the morning hours of Wednesday.  0.5”-1.5” of new snowfall can be expected.  Wednesday morning’s commute will likely be slippery as well.  (Heavier snow in Central/Southern Ohio and into NE Ohio) Storm No. 3 will move into the are late Thursday and possibly continue into the early weekend.  This will be a strong storm system that will have the potential for heavy snow; however, the exact storm path is not known yet, so we will continue to monitor this storm as it develops and moves across the country.  Again, this storm may have more significant snowfall if the storm path puts the heavier snow bands across NW Ohio.  More information on this storm later in the week.


Use extra caution when traveling Friday

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: New data show snow totals for tomorrow to be about in-line with what we provided this morning with a slight tendency for maybe an addition inch especially more south and east in the county.  Rain will change to freezing rain around sunrise then a change over to snow late morning and early afternoon.  Heaviest snow rates will be in the mid afternoon hours.  A Winter Weather Advisory will be in place for Friday.  Please use extra caution when traveling on Friday.


Winter weather update

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director, has issued the following advisory: As most of you may have seen by now, forecast models came into agreement last night and pushed the heavy snow band to NE Ohio down through Columbus and Cincinnati (I think making most of us happy).  Although there may be some minor changes in the forecast by later this afternoon, the following is a general timeline of the winter weather that we will experience on Friday. Rain will move into the area this afternoon and evening and continue into the overnight.  Temperatures will begin to drop towards daybreak Friday morning starting to turn the rain over to freezing rain and sleet.  By late morning, the freezing rain should start to transition over to all snow.  Snow will continue through the afternoon and possibly into the evening.  Accumulations will be around 2 inches in the Northern Wood County area with slightly higher amounts of 2-3 inches in Central and Southern Wood County.  Please keep in mind that winds will also become gusty, so blowing and drifting of snow will be likely right into Saturday morning.


Weekend winter storm in the offing

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: EMA is monitoring a strong storm system that is moving across the country that will impact NW Ohio by Friday afternoon and into Saturday.  This is a classic winter storm that will move across the middle of the country and pick up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico while cold Canadian air gets pulled into the backside of the storm system.  Forecast models are NOT consistent at this time as to the exact path of the storm system.  One model puts the heavier snow to our west through Indiana and another model puts the heavier snow to our east across NE Ohio and Western Pennsylvania (obviously if you average the two, NW Ohio is right in the middle).  Snow amounts are not known yet other than there will be accumulating snow.  Once forecast models start to agree, we should have a better idea where the heavy snow bands will set up.  We will continue to monitor this situation, but I wanted to give you early notice of the potential for a sizable snowfall the end of this week into the early weekend. Enjoy the spring-like temperatures Wednesday and Thursday!