Jennifer Edwards Baker and Adam Kiefaber report:
A winter storm warning has been issued for the entire region by the National Weather Service.
The warning, which will be in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday, means anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected to fall across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, starting this afternoon and lasting through late tonight.
Previous forecasts predicted more snow to fall in Northern Kentucky and less would fall in areas north of the Ohio River. Morning forecasts called for 3 to 5 inches in Union, Ky., 2 to 4 inches in Downtown Cincinnati and 1 to 2 inches in Mason.
Recent forecasts are predicting that the heaviest snowfall will occur between 4 and 7 p.m. or just in time for the evening commute. In total, areas south of the river could get between 4 to 6 inches, areas in Hamilton County should expect around 4 to 5 inches and the northern suburbs in Butler and Warren counties will get 3 to 4 inches.
Andy Latto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said snow started falling around 1 or 1:30 p.m. His snowfall timeline:
- First snowfall could come by way of a 20-minute snow burst
- Snowfall then become lighter until around 2:30 p.m.
- After 2:30 p.m. snowfall could become heavy at times
- The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur between 4 and 7 p.m.
- Snow could begin tapering off around 7 p.m.
- Light snow could linger tonight, but it should be east of the area by 10 p.m.
- 3-to-5 inches expected north of the Ohio River
- 4-to-6 inches expected south of the Ohio River
Temperatures will hover in the mid- to low 30s today.
Some schools are dismissing students early or closing altogether.
Mount Healthy City Schools are ending classes two hours early this afternoon. Boone and Campbell schools are among several closed today in Northern Kentucky.
More early dismissals and closings are likely.