A strong cold front is crossing the region this morning. Areas of heavy rain and gusty winds will be with us through about mid day, then the showers will become more scattered. Winds will diminish a bit, but it will still remain quite breezy through this afternoon.
Temperatures will gradually fall through the afternoon hours as colder air spreads across the region. Tonight, a secondary cold front will move southeastward across the area. Much colder air will spill across the lake and into northwestern Pennsylvania overnight. Rain showers will change to snow showers this evening with snow showers continuing overnight. Some minor accumulations are possible.
Thursday will be windy and cold across the area with snow showers possible. Heavy lake effect snow will likely impact portions of Crawford and Erie counties with significant accumulations possible. The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Watch for these counties.
The lake effect snow will continue through Thursday evening on westerly winds. The winds will shift to the northwest Thursday night allowing some of the heavier snow to spread further inland.
The lake effect snow showers and squalls will then continue through Friday and into Saturday. A clipper is forecast bring widespread accumulating snow to the region later Saturday into Sunday.