CLEVELAND, Ohio — A winter storm warning has now replaced a winter storm watch for a portion of Northeast Ohio; the rest of the viewing area is under a winter weather advisory.
The warning goes into effect Friday at noon and lasts until 10 a.m. Saturday.
The advisory goes into effect Friday at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 a.m. Saturday.
Here is what the weather alerts mean:
Winter storm warning
-Issued 24 hours before a winter weather event as it becomes imminent
-Comes after winter storm advisory or winter storm watch
-Confidence in forecast is very high
Winter weather advisory
-Snow, blowing snow, ice or sleet is expected, but heavy conditions should not be hazardous enough to meet warning criteria
-4 to 6 inches of snowfall or .5 inch of ice in 12 hours expected
-Issued 24 hours or more before weather event
-Replaces lake effect snow advisory and freezing rain advisory
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Rain showers will continue on and off through Friday morning.
In that transition period between rain and snow, there will be a wintry mix of precipitation. The storm track, as is usually the case, will be the key. This will be followed by a substantial temperature drop PM Friday.
Your geographical location will determine what precipitation type you’ll experience.
Friday evening into Saturday, snow will begin to accumulate. Here is our initial northern Ohio snow forecast:
Fortunately, this will happen over the weekend. That’s not encouraging news if you plan to travel this weekend so it might be best to get out earlier Friday morning before the real inclement weather ensues.
An arctic airmass will roll rapidly into the Great Lakes region this weekend producing single-digit overnight lows and wind chills that will be below zero again! Layer up! Bundle up!
Since this is a fluid situation in terms of snow amounts and positioning (snow accumulation will be dramatically impacted depending on the storm’s track and precipitation type(s)), it would be beneficial for you to keep an eye on the latest Fox 8 Forecast.