A Lake Effect Snow warning remains in effect for the primary snow belt. Lake effect snow advisories are in effect for Lorain and Trumbull counties. A wind chill advisory remains in effect for all of northeastern Ohio.
Very heavy lake effect snow fell across the primary snow belt last night, while the remainder of the area saw just some scattered snow showers and flurries. Across the snow belt, some communities received more than a foot of snow, while areas outside of the primary snow belt saw little if any accumulation.
Last night’s activity was fueled by a persistent westerly flow across the lake. This morning, that flow has been disrupted with winds shifting more to the northwest. This has caused the intense single band to break into weaker multiple bands.
The lake snows will continue across the snow belt areas today. Outside of the snow belt, scattered snow showers or flurries will be possible. High temperatures today will rise to the low to mid teens. Wind chills will be well below zero.
Tonight will be cold with snow showers continuing across the snow belt with lighter snow showers possible elsewhere. It will be cold with overnight lows in the single digits and wind chills well below zero.
On Wednesday, a weak area of low pressure will scoot by just to the north of the area. This will cause the winds to shift to the southwest, sending the heaviest lake effect activity up the lake shore toward northwestern Pennsylvania. A scattering of lighter snow showers will be possible across the remainder of the area. Highs on Wednesday will reach the mid teens.
The winds will swing back to the northwest Wednesday night as the low departs to our east. This will allow the lake effect snow bands to reorganize across much of the area. Some accumulation will be possible, even outside of the primary snow belt. Lows Wednesday night will fall to around 10 degrees.
The lake snows will finally wind down on Thursday as high pressure builds across the state. High temperatures on Thursday will make a run a 20 degrees.
A storm system is forecast to approach the region Thursday night bringing widespread accumulating snow back to northeastern Ohio. Stay tuned.