The National Weather Service in Cleveland has updated information on the storm that will be moving through the area on Wednesday, Wednesday night, and Thursday.
There may be a brief period of light snow early Wednesday morning before transitioning to all rain for most of the day (Wednesday). Winds speeds will also increase during the day. Rain could be heavy at times and cause some minor flooding in low lying areas as rainfall amounts have been adjust up to 1”-1.5” of rain possible.
Rain will transition back to snow earlier than first expected. The transition will likely begin late Wednesday evening (after 10pm) as opposed to just before daybreak on Thursday as originally forecasted. Snow will continue through the night along with windy conditions making visibility difficult at times as well as some drifting of snow.
Snowfall will continue through the Thursday morning hours before changing to more of a light snow/snow showers situation Thursday afternoon. Conditions will remain breezy all day on Thursday.
Rain totals (Wednesday): 1”-1.5” of rain (this is slightly up from this morning’s forecast)
Snow totals: 3”-4” across the Wood County area (this amount has been adjusted down slightly from this morning’s forecast)
Wind: Northeast on Wednesday switching to Northwest Wednesday evening and Thursday at 20-30 mph on Wednesday and 25-35 mph Wednesday night and Thursday (with some higher gusts)
Again there is still a little uncertainty in the exact path of the storm. The slightest change in the storm tract would change the forecasted conditions. Another update will be provided Wednesday morning.
We will be monitoring similar type storm system and tract for Sunday night into Monday morning.
On a positive note, it is late February and the sun’s rays are getting stronger each day, the ground is relatively warm from last weekend’s warm weather, and arctic type air is NOT moving in behind this storm system, so recovery from this storm will be much shorter compared to the storms last winter. Although road salt will be extremely effective in this type of storm/temperatures, we just haven’t had that many snow events this year, so please use extra caution if you have to travel and be prepared in your car for emergencies.
From the office of:
BRADLEY J. GILBERT, O.C.E.M.
WOOD COUNTY, OHIO