Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Rain and sleet are falling across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky this morning as a powerful winter storm that could pack up to 7 inches of snow arrives.
Already, interstates are slowing near Kenwood and Norwood, although no major problems have been reported. The temperature is 32 degrees.
A winter storm warning is in effect through 1 a.m. Saturday for all of Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.
The advisory covers Butler, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Gallatin and Carroll counties in Northern Kentucky; and Franklin, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties in southeastern Indiana.
Snow accumulation will range from 4 inches to 7 inches by Friday night, with ice accumulating in excess of a quarter of an inch, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The most snow is expected north and west of downtown Cincinnati, said meteorologist Steve Rhebenach.
The northern suburbs could bear the brunt of the storm. By 3 a.m., heavy rain and sleet coated Butler County as road crews headed out. Dispatchers said main routes like Princeton Road were getting slick. Snow was reported mixing in with the rain and sleet by 5 a.m. in areas like Hamilton and Oxford.
Most major school districts are closed today including Boone County, Campbell County, Cincinnati Public, Lakota, Lebanon, Kenton County, Mason, Northwest and Oak Hills. Some college and universities also are closed; Mount St Joseph; Cincinnati State and Northern Kentucky University.
At least 17 flights already have been canceled this morning at Cincinnati/Norther Kentucky International Airport. Check with your airline before heading to the airport today.