Winter storm moves out of central Ohio; beware of blowing/drifting snow

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FORECAST UPDATE (6 p.m.):

High pressure and cold conditions have settled into the region and will stay with us through Sunday. Lows tonight will dip into the single digits under partly cloudy skies.

More sunshine is on tap tomorrow with highs back around 20. A clipper will bring more snow showers on Monday. Some light snow may develop out ahead of the low pressure late Sunday night into Monday morning.

The bulk of the snow showers will likely occur along and ahead of the Arctic front trailing the surface low, which will swing through Monday afternoon and evening.

Right now, snow accumulations could range between 1-3 inches. Staying below average through the work week before rebounding back into the 40s next weekend.

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FORECAST & STORM RECAP (9:45 a.m.):

Doppler 10 Meteorologist Ross Caruso provides the latest on snow totals, the gusty winds and the chance for snow early next week:

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SNOWFALL TOTALS:

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SHOVELING SNOW

If you're thinking of shoveling your driveway, here's a live look a what you'll be dealing with today.

Kevin Landers helped out a 10TV viewer in Reynoldsburg.

SNOW EMERGENCIES (6:45 a.m.):

Level 1: Champaign, Clark, Franklin, Hardin, Logan, Madison, Richland

Level 2: Coshocton, Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Guernsey, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Marion, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Scioto, Union, Washington

Level 3: Athens, Hocking, Pike, Ross, Vinton

Click here for an updated list of snow emergencies in central Ohio

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FORECAST UPDATE (3:35 a.m.):

This winter storm will exit the region early this morning, leaving behind a fresh blanket of snow and headaches to come. Scattered snow flurries will be possible through the day under mostly cloudy skies.

Winds will stay gusty through much of the day as well, so be aware of blowing and drifting snow. Temperatures will only be in the teens today, thus wind chills will be near zero and below. Winds will gradually calm down tonight but it’ll still be very cold out as temperatures drop into the single digits.

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POWER OUTAGES (3:30 a.m.):

Over 2,000 AEP customers are without power across central Ohio; nearly 800 in Franklin County.

AEP Outage Map: Track power outages here >>

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FORECAST UPDATE (11:55 p.m.):

Snow continues to fall and blow at this hour. Brisk winds could gust up to 40 mph tonight. Snow totals are looking to mainly stay in the 2-4 inch range.

However, snowfall totals within the warning areas could end up with 4-5 inches.

Lows tonight bottom out in the teens with wind chills close to zero.

A Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning remain in effect overnight meaning travel will get treacherous at times.

EVENTS UPDATE (10:25 p.m.):

All Columbus City Schools athletic events scheduled for Saturday have been canceled due to winter weather.

SNOW EMERGENCIES (9:45 p.m.):

Franklin County is now under a Level 1 Snow Emergency. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy; drive carefully.

Pike County is the only county currently in central Ohio under a Level 3. That means all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel.

List of current snow emergencies

SNOWFALL UPDATE (9:30 p.m.):

Here is a look at the current snowfall numbers around central Ohio:

  • Circleville 2.5”
  • Washington C.H. 2.0”
  • Delaware 3.0”
  • Lancaster 3.0”
  • Kenton 2.0”
  • Outside the station 1.75”

ROAD CONDITIONS UPDATE (7:40 p.m.):

Snow is falling in Columbus. Some spots have seen a thin glaze of ice before the snow so there will be slick spots.

Pike County is currently under a Level 3 snow emergency. All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one else should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel.

Ross County is currently under a Level 2 snow emergency. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.

Several surrounding counties are currently under a Level 1 snow emergency. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy; drive carefully.

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FORECAST UPDATE:

As temperatures continue to dip below freezing and waves of low-pressure push through, a wintry mix of precipitation will change to snow this evening as much colder air filters in. The system will push west overnight and taper off by Saturday morning.

Still looking at 2-4” of snow in the city with bands of 3-5” in outlying areas. Because wind gusts could get up to 40 mph tonight, we could see whiteout conditions due to blowing snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect overnight meaning travel will get treacherous at times. A Winter Storm Warning stays in effect to our south and northeast where more snow is expected.

Below is a quick timeline of the events for Columbus.

FREEZING RAIN & SLEET

Before the snow takes over, let’s talk about this freezing rain and sleet. This could make for an icy commute home, with generally less than a tenth of an inch of ice across central Ohio.

While there won’t be a large amount of ice accumulation, it will still be slick out; especially with the amount of rain we have received in the past 24 hours on top of our snow melt.

Snow then takes over later this evening, with blustery and frigid conditions in place—wind chills near 0 and below by Saturday morning.

TRACKING SNOW

Snow showers will be most active past 8 p.m. and into the early overnight. We will then be left with some flurries by daybreak Saturday. Winds will also be rather strong at times, with gusts near 30-40 mph later tonight. While there will be a lot of blowing snow and drifting occurring into Saturday, here’s a look at our snow totals going into Saturday.

SNOWFALL TOTALS

Generally, the majority of the region is in the 3-6” range, with less amounts towards the north and west. Additional amounts are possible further northeast.

Again, the big concern will be icy commute home today along with the plummet in temperatures with the increasing wind speeds.

With the drastic change in temperatures tonight, make sure you keep in touch with your loved ones and make sure your pets are warm and safe, too.

Take care and if you have any questions, feel free to get ahold of me at ross.caruso@10tv.com.

ROAD CONDITIONS

The City of Columbus Snow Warriors will be monitoring weather conditions and taking any opportunities to anti-ice, if possible.

As the temperatures begin to fall and the precipitation turns from rain to possible ice/snow, the city says crews will begin treating roadways in order to reduce ice from bonding to the pavement.

Snow Warriors will be staged in strategic locations to reduce travel times, such as State Routes 315, 104, 161 and U.S. 33.

The city says staffing will be maintained throughout the event as the Snow Warriors transition into the Priority 1 roadways Friday evening.

As of 4:30 p.m., ODOT has 115 snow plows on interstates, state and US routes ramps and bridges as freezing rain turns to snow.

TIPS FOR MOTORISTS

Don’t crowd the plow. Plow drivers have limited visibility so don’t assume your vehicle is in view.

Maintain a safe distance behind the snowplow. Plows aren't just removing snow. They may also be spreading granular or liquid material.

Slow down. Plows are large and move slower than highway speeds. It is difficult to judge distance when approaching the plow so slow down immediately to avoid a collision.

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