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.
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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!
Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A “clipper” type storm system will move just to our south tonight and into the early morning hours of Saturday. The heavier snow bands will stay well south of Wood County; however, light snow will fall across Wood County tonight as a result of this storm system. 2” or less will fall across the area by Saturday morning which is enough to make roads slippery once again, so please use extra caution when driving tonight and early Saturday morning. 3” – 5” of snow will fall across west central and central Ohio with this storm system if you plan on traveling south tonight or tomorrow. Those areas are under a Winter Weather Advisory. Very cold arctic air will once again move into the area behind this storm system creating a dry but very cold New Years weekend. Please check on elderly neighbors, pets, and other functional needs people this weekend as temperatures plumet below zero once again.
A white Christmas is possible based on a weather updated from Bradley Gilbert, Wood County EMA director. Gilbert reports: “Two storm systems will impact our area this weekend. Both will bring a chance of accumulating snow. The storm tracks have shifted slightly since last night. “Details are as follows: “A storm system will move to the southeast of NW Ohio late tonight into Saturday morning. Snow on the northwest side of the storm will just barely impact Wood County bringing a dusting of snow to around 1” in some areas (especially southeast Wood County) by mid-day Saturday. “Another storm system will impact NW Ohio Sunday afternoon and evening. Snow accumulation on Sunday will be 1” – 3”. Christmas day will start out cloudy with some areas of sunshine by late morning and into the afternoon with colder temperatures.” Arctic cold will settle into the area for Tuesday through most of the week.