As you probably know December 21st has been predicted to be the end of the world, but did you also know it’s the official beginning of Winter? And almost right on cue, a strong winter storm is expected to move through the midwest through the remainder of the week bringing heavy rain, several inches of snow and very windy conditions to a large part of the country. So what can we expect here in West Central Ohio?
It’s only Wednesday but Winter Weather Advisories have already been issued for the entire viewing area from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening.
Before we get to the snow though we’ll have to go through rain on Thursday to the tune of .50″ to .75″. Rain should switch over to snow by late Thursday evening. Here is a look at a surface map by 7 PM thursday and where the rain/snow transition is expected to be.
The wind will really begin to gust Thursday night into Friday with sustained winds anywhere from 25 to 35 mph through the end of the week. Gusts up to 50 mph will be possible.
To be clear, the Winter Weather Advisory ISN’T for heavy snowfall, it’s for the potential for BLOWING snow into the day Friday which could cause very hazardous roadways. As of NOW (and this could still change!) I would expect most of us to have 1-3 inches of snow on the ground by Friday evening. Here is an overview of what to expect Thursday and Friday.
I want to stress that the snowfall forecast could change! Snowfall amounts are VERY difficult to pin down more than 24 hours out from when the actual storm hits. I’ll be keeping a very close eye on the storm! Welcome to winter!