Monday, January 31, 2011

Major Winter Storm--Update Monday Midday

A major winter storm is set to paralyze the area with significant snow, sleet and ice all followed by a blast of strong winds. This storm is still going to arrive in two parts. The first is on track for tonight and into tomorrow morning as a steady light snow passes over the area. Snow begins late this evening and will last into Tuesday morning with 1-3" of fresh snow. A brief lull in the activity through the early afternoon will be followed by the onslaught of heavy snow and ice by Tuesday evening. The most significant snow totals will be north and west of Toledo and across southern Michigan where 12 "+ of snow is possible by later Wednesday.

Much of northwest Ohio will moderate snowfall with a period of sleet and freezing rain late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Icing and/or sleet totals may exceed 1/2 and inch. Our southern counties will see the least snow with significant icing and sleet possible.

The potential for ice and sleet will limit snow totals across northwest Ohio.  The combination of snow, ice and strong winds will create extremely hazardous travel at times and the potential for power loss.