Snow level could go above season average

The two to four inches of snow expected to fall before Sunday could put the area above its seasonal snowfall average.

Light snow showers today could add an inch or two to area streets and temperatures will continue to drop and end up in the mid to upper teens by day’s end.

On Wednesday, the area stood at 22.7 inches of snowfall for the season. The average for the area is 24 inches, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson.

The area is only half way through the “snow season.”

“Does this mean we are on track for over 50 inches of snow? Absolutely not. In fact i believe we’ll find that February will end up milder than average. Early snow and cold seems to lead to that,” Simpson said.

Morning sun will greet residents Saturday morning, but it will be a cold start near 10 degrees. Clouds increase through midday with more snow arriving late afternoon and continuing in the evening.

It should be over by midnight, but will bring the potential for another 2 to 3 inches of snow across the area. Highs will be in the mid 20s.

“We are not expecting as much wind, so blowing and drifting should be kept at a minimum,” Simpson said.

The light snow on Thursday caused several accidents on area roadways. Police were called to accidents on Ohio 35 and Far Hills Avenue.

snow showers were expected to end around sunset Wednesday as skies clear and temperatures drop.

Skies will clear this evening with a cold night as we’ll drop through the lower 20s this evening into the upper teens by morning, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson.

Morning sun will be quickly replaced by clouds with snow showers arriving around midday Thursday.

“Scattered snow showers will persist all afternoon and may bring accumulation up to an inch in spots by evening,” Simpson said.

Roads could become slippery for Thursday’s evening commute.

“We will rise into the upper 20s in the afternoon but winds 20-30 mph will produce wind chills in the teens most of the day,” said Simpson.

More snow showers will arrive at times Thursday night.

Snow showers continue through the day but primarily in the morning Friday.

“We could see another inch or so of snow in spots, bringing the total possible accumulation into the 1- to 2-inch range for the area,” Simpson said.

Temperatures will likely hold in the mid 20s through the day then drop into the lower 20s late. Wind chills will be in the teens.

“We will see some clearing Friday night and that will help us drop into the lower teens by Saturday morning,” Simpson said. “We will be tracking an Alberta clipper late in the day (Saturday) that now appears to be on a path to bring yet another round of light snow late afternoon and in the evening.”

Typically an Alberta clipper only brings a three to four hour duration of snow but can drop an inch to 2 inches.

“That means roads will get snow covered and slick again into Saturday evening,” Simpson said.

Saturday will be cold with highs in the mid 20s.

Some sun will return Sunday and Monday. That will help bring temperatures up both afternoons with highs at or just above freezing.

Sunday starts cold with morning lows in the teens and Monday’s lows will be in the 20s. - See more at: http://www.whio.com/news/news/local/light-snow-could-cause-problems-coming-days/ncp3Q/#sthash.6QFG4E8y.dpuf

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