Up to 3-5” of snow falls in parts of central Ohio, with pockets of 6”+ Friday

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Friday evening weather | February 1, 2019
Snowfall overnight Thursday
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Forecast update - Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

Snow is continuing to fall in far eastern Ohio and push out of the state by this afternoon. Total snowfall accumulations are on the range of 3 to 6” along I-70. Counties just north and south around also in that range with some isolated pockets of 6”+. Further north and south, reports have been on the range of 1 to 3”. Many of the reports within Franklin County have been in the ballpark of 4 to 6”. More reports will funnel through the National Weather Service(NWS) and will be shared when the final report is issued. Temperatures are still in the teens and will likely top off around 25 degrees here in Columbus later this afternoon. Skies will stay mostly cloudy with winds luckily on the calm side. Patchy fog will be possible to develop later tonight and tomorrow morning with overnight temperatures dropping back to around 20 degrees.

Forecast update - Friday, Feb. 1 at 5 a.m.

Snow is continuing to fall across central Ohio with temperatures around 10 degrees. Snow has already accumulated to around 1-3” across much of the region, with more in isolated pockets. Snow will continue to stay steady and widespread in coverage through this morning before tapering off mid-morning. As this event comes to a halt, most will see 3 to 5”, with isolated pockets of 6”+. Those that are further north and south of this snow band will be on the lesser side of the totals, generally 1-3”. The GOOD NEWS is that temperatures will climb into the mid 20’s this afternoon and winds will stay calm, so there will be a relief as far as how cold it will feel outside.

Forecast update - Thursday, Jan. 31 at 11:15 p.m.

Temperatures will gradually moderate over the next few days as Arctic high pressure moves out.

An upper level system will bring snow tonight with a light accumulation of perhaps 1-3”.

A Winter Weather is in effect for much of central Ohio. A southerly flow of air will bring a nice warm-up from the weekend into early next week.


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Original forecast

Temperatures will very slowly warm up over the next couple of days, but not long after we expire the Wind Chill Warning this afternoon will we have a new weather alert in effect.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 7 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. on Friday since light banded snow will overspread the area tonight into Friday morning.

The first flakes will start flying closer to Dayton in the western part of the state this evening as this disturbance pushes west to east. By midnight, snow should be more widespread and ongoing for most of central Ohio, with the heaviest snow showers closer to the I-70 corridor.

Weather models indicate that we should expect widespread 2-4" near the I-70 corridor and 1-3” outside of this area.

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We only top out in the low teens today and there may not be much of a drop in temperatures during the overnight. The frozen surface will allow for precipitation to easily accumulate tonight into morning.

With snow still expected to be coming down during the Friday morning commute, expect slick spots and longer drive times Friday morning. This is why a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued.