Snow and cold heading our way…

February 10th, 2012 at 8:12 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

It’s not a bad Friday morning for mid-February!  We’re starting the day with temps in the mid-upper 20s and dry conditions.  But clouds are thick, and we’ll eventually see some snow fall out of them later this afternoon.  It looks like we’ll be dry through lunchtime, but really any time after 3 or 4pm, scattered snow showers are possible.  Then, the snow increases in coverage through the evening/overnight.  As the snow initially starts to fall, temperatures will be just above freezing, so roads will be mainly wet… but will get worse after sunset:

We can expect around a half-inch through the evening hours, with steady light snow continuing overnight.  By Saturday morning, here’s a look at what to expect:

Most will be between 1-2″, but some isolated spots could be closer to the 3″ mark.  I’ve had many people ask why Butler, Warren and Clinton counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory… and the rest of us aren’t.  We’re all going to see similar snow amounts–possibly even some higher measurements across the northern counties.  BUT advisory criteria for the northern counties is a bit more than the southern counties.  Here’s the break down on how much snow must be forecast to get a watch, advisory or warning:

I know it can be confusing, but the cut-off has to be somewhere… and it just so happens to fall across this area.  Anyway, as the winds increase tonight and stay up there Saturday and Sunday, blowing and drifting snow will also be an issue.  Untreated roads will continue to be slick all weekend, as highs will only be in the 20s and lows dip into the teens.  Sunday morning looks to be the coldest morning, with some spots dropping into the single-digits… wind chills will also be sub-zero at this time.  Again, the blast of cold air is expected to be over by next week.  We should be above freezing again Monday afternoon, and 40s are still in the forecast by mid-week.  There are a few storms to watch next week, too… best chances for precip right now look to be Tuesday and Thursday.  Could be some mixed precip, too… will get a better feel for it as we get closer.

Have a great weekend!
Jamie
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One Response to “Snow and cold heading our way…”

  1. Andy says:

    Hi Jamie,
    I live in Miami County, and to my recollection there has not been a single Winter Storm Watch or Warning yet the season. I realize there is a lot of winter still to come, but I am curious…Has there ever been a winter on record that we have never had WS watches or warnings?

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