If you missed the snow with the last storm, you won’t be disappointed tonight!
A weak storm system moving northeast from the Plains will bring increasing clouds this afternoon and evening with snow developing tonight, most likely after 11 PM. Since it’s moving in from the southwest, areas south and west will get the precipitation first, with Dayton, Columbus and the east side of the Cincinnati Tri-State getting in on it between midnight and 2 AM.
There may be some mixing early on, mainly near and south of the Ohio River, before everything transitions to snow. The snow will continue through midday Saturday before shifting to snow showers or flurries through Saturday evening. New model guidance indicates a pocket of very cold air, just above the ground, crossing the region tomorrow afternoon and evening. It will bring the potential for minor additional snow accumulation as it moves over the area.
Total accumulation will range from 2 to 4 inches with some locations receiving 5 to 6 inches. The higher snow totals should be along and just north of the Ohio River (map above and linked here).
Lows tonight will be in the upper 20s (mid 20s north of Cincy) with highs tomorrow not moving much from there, between 27 and 31 degrees. Lows by Sunday morning are expected to be in the lower to middle teens with a few places dropping to near 10 degrees.
This storm will push Cincinnati’s snow total for December to above normal levels (normal is 4.8”) by Sunday morning, and there’s more on the way before we begin 2013.
Another storm moving northeast from the Plains on Monday will produce areas of light snow in the Tri-State by Monday evening, maybe sooner, and if recent trends are any indication, that storm may also be a bit more energetic and productive than models are currently indicating. At this point I expect another 2 to 3 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, but I’ll have more on that storm in my next update.
We missed a white Christmas by a day or two, but we’re making up for it with rounds of snow over the next 10 days. I even see a third storm by next weekend, with more snow and another round of cold air. Can you imagine a month running nearly 400 degrees above normal yet producing above normal snowfall? Well here we are in a month that had a high of 71 degrees on the 3rd, and may see lows near 10 above by Sunday morning with the potential for more than 8 inches of total snowfall!
Keep your eyes on the sky and enjoy the changing weather!
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