Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Wet, slushy snow is falling across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as the first winter storm of the new year arrives.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 p.m. for all of Butler, Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties. That’s an upgrade from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, where meteorologists previously issued a winter weather advisory for those areas.
Anywhere from 3-5 inches of snow will fall by tonight, up from 2-4 inches originally predicted.
Areas south of the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky remain under a winter storm advisory with 2-3 inches of snow expected.
About 3.5 inches already accumulated by 8 a.m. in northern Hamilton County and the northern suburbs of Butler and Warren counties, the weather service said. South of the Ohio River, only 0.8 inches have fallen so far at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
The snow won’t completely stop until 7 p.m., but the heaviest will arrive by 2 p.m.
Travel difficulties could develop with reduced visibilities as the snow accumulates and winds increase from 10 mph to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, the weather service advises. That could lead to blowing and drifting snow this afternoon and evening.