CLEVELAND (WJW) – A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of Northeast Ohio. Right now it includes Ashtabula Inland County, Ashtabula Lakeshore County and Lake County. According to the National Weather Service, heavy lake-effect snow is possible with an excess of 7 inches of snow in those areas. The winter storm watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.

While the winter storm watch does not go into effect until Wednesday evening, some areas can expect snow Tuesday evening as well. National Weather Services predicting more counties could be added as we get closer to the winter weather event. Stay with FOX 8 Weather for updates.

Tuesday night it’s cold with a few chilly showers and snowflakes. Not expecting much accumulation beyond a slushy dusting. Temperatures will fall right around the freezing mark tonight.

Quiet periods early tomorrow with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Most of us will be cloudy as Lake effect snow sets up Wednesday into Thursday with our main snowbelt regions expecting 3-6 inches, with most of us will see a trace at most.

Dry breaks early Wednesday before the lake effect snow machine kicks on Wednesday night into Thursday with a west wind. Accumulations will be light south. Several inches for Cleveland, northern Medina, Summit and Portage Counties. The heaviest impacts will be for parts of Lake and Ashtabula counties where 3-6″ are possible by Friday.

Wednesday afternoon through Thursday early afternoon snowfall from Lake Effect.
Adjustments WILL BE MADE! Higher amounts in the regions below.

Well below-normal temperatures are expected into the weekend.

Here’s the latest 8-Day Forecast:

Look how the temperatures change (red above normal, blue below normal) from west to east later this week/weekend. 

This animation shows the COLD continuing into early Thanksgiving weekTemperatures look to moderate around Thanksgiving!