Only a day after getting hit with snow and blowing snow here in West Central Ohio, another round of Winter weather is on the way. And it’s not just snow that is the focus this time, it’s potentially life threatening COLD temperatures that really has my attention.
Ok, to begin lets’ start with the snow, since that will arrive first.
A powerful cold front will begin to move into West Central Ohio Saturday night and Sunday. This front will bring more accumulating snow to the region. As of now, the range I’m comfortable with is about 5 to 10 inches here in West Central Ohio of fresh snow during the day on Sunday. This number will likely be narrowed down even further on Saturday before the storm hits. But for now, this forecast model (RPM) has a pretty good handle on where the accumulating snow will be the heaviest. Notice, most of West Central Ohio will be in a 5 to 10 inch range with higher amounts possible off to our Southwest.
Unfortunately, the possibility of heavy snow will only be the beginning. Gusty winds creating blowing and drifting snow will follow. Blizzard like conditions are not out of question heading into Sunday night. With that fresh snowfall and windy weather will come some of the coldest temperatures West Central Ohio has seen in decades. VERY cold temperatures will filter in behind the cold front and snow on Sunday night and Monday. HIGHS on Monday are looking as if they could be anywhere from 5 to 10 below ZERO! I don’t use words like this often, but that is insanely cold for this part of the country.
Up to now, I have only been talking about ACTUAL air temperatures and not wind chill which is even more dangerous! With highs Monday from 5 to 10 below and lows overnight Monday from 10 to 20 below, wind chill values will be approaching 30 below, maybe even 40 below zero! When you get into that realm, you are talking only about 10 minutes until ANY exposed skin can begin developing frostbite when outside! Take a look at this National Weather Service chart for wind chills and expected temperatures and times for frostbite.
I’ll have all the latest tonight at 5 and 6 on Your Hometown Stations. Stay tuned..