Winter Storm Watch issued for Morrow County through Saturday with snow, wind chill warnings

January 23, 2014

Winter storm watch: urgent winter weather message

The National Weather Service out of Cleveland issued a Winter Storm Watch at 3:19 pm EST on Thursday, January 23, 2014 for Lucas, Wood, Sandusky, Hancock, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Marion, Morrow, Holmes and Knox counties

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until noon EST Friday and a winter storm watch in effect from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon…

* wind chill readings… 10 to 24 degrees below zero.

* timing… through noon Friday.

* winds… roughly 10 to 15 mph tonight increasing to 15 to 25 mph early Saturday.

* impacts… hypothermia can occur rapidly in those unprepared for the cold. Any exposed skin can experience frostbite within a few minutes.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a winter storm watch… which is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.

* accumulations… accumulating snow is expected Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. From 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected west of I-71 and 3 to 5 inches east of I-71.

* timing… Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.

* winds… southwest winds Friday night 20 to 35 mph with gusts to over 40 mph. Winds turning west Saturday.

* visibilities… visibilities Friday night and Saturday could be reduced to a quarter mile at times in snow and blowing snow.

* impacts… the combination of snow and blowing snow will have the potential to significantly impact travel conditions across northern Ohio. Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A wind chill advisory is issued when the wind combines with the temperature to make it feel like it is 10 degrees below zero or colder for several hours or more. If you will be outdoors use common sense and dress warmly… making sure that all exposed skin is covered.

If possible… avoid prolonged exposure to the cold to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Stay tuned to weather radio for further details or updates. This winter storm watch means that accumulating snow is expected to combine with strong winds to cause blowing and drifting, having a significant impact to travel across the area. If you are within the watch area… remain alert to rapidly changing weather conditions. Stay tuned to the national weather service or the local news media for the latest updates and possible warnings.