Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
A winter storm warning is in effect 1 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for all of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as a powerful arctic system pushes into the region, bringing the season’s first big measurable snowfall, followed by frigid temperatures.
The advisory covers several counties in Ohio: Butler, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties; and Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Gallatin and Carroll counties in Northern Kentucky. It also includes southeastern Indiana: Franklin, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties.
Accumulations of snow will range from 3 to 6 inches with light ice accumulations, a tenth of an inch or less, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The most snow is expected to pile up north and west of downtown Cincinnati, said meteorologist Steve Rhebenach.
Dangerous travel conditions are expected as the snow falls, reducing visibility, and some icy patches may develop on roads.
The storm will start as rain late this afternoon as temperatures free fall. It’s an unusually mild 55 degrees now at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, but we’ll fall into the 50s by lunchtime and slip to 46 degrees with wind chills in the 30s by 5 p.m.
The rain will continue tonight and change into a wintry mix of rain and sleet around 11 p.m. Areas north of the city will see the wintry mix change to snow sooner than areas closer to the city, Rhebenach noted.
The overnight low will fall to 32 degrees.
Before daybreak Friday, the wintry mix will continue before changing over to rain, sleet and snow and then all snow sometime late morning or early afternoon. That’s when we’ll see the heaviest snow with this storm: around 1 p.m. until nightfall Friday, when it should taper off.
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