Will the area get 2 to 3 inches of snow or 19 to 20 inches of snow? Your guess may be as good as the various weather-monitoring entities, but it is for sure that Tuesday night into Wednesday morning there will be snow accumulation and more is expected through Friday and forecasts say morning and afternoon commutes will most likely be affected.
“It’s still one of those situations as to how much warm air moves from the south into the north. That will drive the precipitation,” Kim Carver, director of the Scioto County Emergency Management Agency, said. “If the storm tracks a little bit further north and brings the warmer air, then we would get the rain and snow mix. It would all change over to snow eventually, but how much of it would begin as rain would ultimately decide the accumulation totals. I don’t think anybody’s got a lot of confidence enough to put a solid forecast out.”
The National Weather Service is officially calling for a low pressure trough to track east through Kentucky on Wednesday as an upper level shortwave moves from the upper midwest through the Ohio Valley. This will bring light snow accumulations under an inch to much of the region early Wednesday. The high is expected to be around 26 with a low Wednesday night of 18.
However, on the heels of that system will be another system with a deepening low pressure system tracking southeast of the region that will bring accumulating snow on Friday. That snow may have significant accumulation, but both the track and strength of the surface and upper lows remains uncertain. Temperatures are expected to rise to 36.
It is expected to be party sunny on Saturday with a high again near 36. Mostly cloudy Saturday night with a low around 19. Partly sunny Sunday with a high near 40. A chance of rain and snow showers on Monday. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
“On our social media sites we have shared some of the other commercial meteorologists forecasts,” Carver said. “They all try to identify it and as they look at these models there’s still a lot of uncertainty. But we actually go with the National Weather Service that has the warning responsibility for citizens.”