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Winter Storm Heads To Ohio

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of Ohio, running between 12am Thursday through 7am Friday.

Total snow accumulations for south central Ohio are projected at 1-3 inches and ice accumulations of up to 3 tenths of an inch possible. This impacts portions of Central, South Central and Southwest Ohio.

Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commutes Thursday and the morning commute Friday.

Areas north of this line could see snowfall amounts of several or more inches, including up to a foot of snow in northwest Ohio.

Friday and Saturday low temps will be in the single digits, which will allow whatever falls in our area Thursday night through Friday morning to stick around for a few days.

Here’s the updated NWS forecast for south central Ohio as of 3pm 2/2/22:
Thursday: Freezing rain and sleet before 4pm, then sleet between 4pm and 5pm, then snow and sleet after 5pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to around 25 by 5pm. North northeast wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.2 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Thursday Night: Snow and patchy blowing snow before midnight, then snow likely and patchy blowing snow between midnight and 1am, then a chance of snow after 1am. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 15. North northeast wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of snow before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22. North northwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -1.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 24.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 11.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says their crews will be out in full force. “During winter storms, ODOT strives to keep roads passable to help ensure that emergency services and essential workers can safely reach their destinations,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “But even with our crews out in full force, roads will likely be snow and ice-covered, and it will take much longer to travel. Once the storm moves out, our crews will be able to make progress toward getting traffic moving at regular speed.”

“ODOT’s goal is to have the average traffic speed on primary routes back to within 10 mph of the posted speed limit within 2 hours and secondary routes within 4 hours of the end of a storm. ODOT forces hit that goal 95% of the time last winter.”

Keep checking this article for updates through Thursday.

Southern Ohio Sees First 2022 Winter Storm

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Freezing rain followed by several inches of snow were part of southern Ohio’s first winter storm of 2022, hitting Sunday afternoon and wrapping up early Monday morning.

National Weather Service readings from around the region show snowfall depths of anywhere between 3-8 inches, with most of the heaviest snowfall being east of the U.S. Route 23 line as all area Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories were lifted at 7am Monday.

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Most counties in the Litter Media coverage area were at Level 2 Snow Emergency Level overnight, with Hocking and Vinton County at Level 3. Hocking County was downgraded to Level 2 at 8am Monday, while Athens County was placed up to Level 3.

Level 3 Snow Emergency means- “No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work.”

As Monday progressed, many counties were downgrading to Level 1. Follow Litter Media Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

A Chillicothe man was killed in a two vehicle crash on U.S. Route 23, just as the weather was turning bad at approximately 5:20pm Sunday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol report did not yet conclude whether their investigation has determined poor weather conditions caused the crash.

The National Weather Service says winds of between 15-30 miles per hour Monday could cause some blowing and drifting snow on roadways.

NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning For Parts Of Southern Ohio

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(NWS)- A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for parts of southern Ohio this weekend.

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The National Weather Service placed the Warning from Noon Sunday through 7am Monday (1/16-17/22).

Heavy snow is expected with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6
inches, with locally higher amounts. Some brief mixing with
sleet or freezing rain is also possible, with little to no ice
accumulation expected. The counties impacted are Fairfield, Ross, Pickaway, Hocking, Adams, Pike, Scioto and Athens counties.

A Winter Weather Advisory is listed for Fayette, Highland, Clinton and Brown counties, which are expecting 2-4 inches of snow with some brief mixing with sleet or freezing rain also possible. Little to no ice accumulation expected.

Northeast Kentucky and West Virginia counties will also be impacted by this storm, which could also produce ice storms in the Carolinas and Virginia along the I-95 corridor, which was hammered by heavy snow two weeks ago.

This could change as the storm moves closer to our region.