Winter storm warning issued, ‘arctic air’ to follow

The National Weather Service says a snowstorm will hit northwestern Ohio today, followed by “dangerously low” wind chills on Monday and Tuesday.
The weather service issued a winter storm warning from 4 a.m. today until 4 a.m. Monday.
The storm system will move northeast across Ohio today. A strong arctic front will follow, bringing “bitter cold arctic air” for the start of the week, the weather service said.
The weather service has issued a wind chill warning from 4 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Wednesday.
How much snow will fall today apparently will depend on where you live.
For the region, the weather service says 4 to 6 inches could fall today, followed by 1 to 3 inches tonight, so storm totals of 5 to 9 inches are possible.
Meteorologists at WTOL television in Toledo say snow in Wyandot and Seneca counties may be light, while heavier snow is predicted in Wood and Henry counties.
Late Saturday, WTOL was predicting these total snowfall amounts: 5 inches for Findlay; 1.4 inches for Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County; 2.7 inches for Tiffin in Seneca County; 6.5 inches for Ottawa in Putnam County; 7.6 inches for Bowling Green in Wood County; and 8.7 inches for Holgate in Henry County.
The National Weather Service said the snow would begin before sunrise, with the heaviest snow expected between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Snow will continue into tonight but will decrease in intensity, the weather service said.
The main concern after midnight Sunday will be strong westerly winds that will bring frigid air into the region. Dangerous wind chills of 20 to 40 degrees below zero will be possible, the weather service said, and blowing and drifting snow will also be a problem from tonight through Tuesday.
Wind gusts of 35 mph are possible from tonight through Tuesday, the weather service said. Blowing snow will reduce visibility for motorists.
Temperatures will drop below zero on Monday and remain near or below zero into Wednesday, the weather service said.
For Findlay, the weather service predicts a high Monday of minus 5, and a low around minus 18. For Tuesday, a high near minus 1, and a low around minus 4 is predicted.
The cold temperatures combined with wind could result in wind chill readings ranging from 20 degrees below zero to as low as 40 degrees below, especially Monday through Wednesday mornings, the weather service said.
It may take 10 minutes or less to get frostbite on exposed skin from Monday into Tuesday, the weather service said. Those planning to venture outdoors should use common sense and dress warmly, the weather service said.


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