The National Weather Service office at Wilmington issued a winter storm warning for portions of Southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio. The warning says heavy, wet snow mixed with some sleet at times is possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible before precipitation changes to rain by Wednesday afternoon.
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Snow accumulations of 4-6 inches are possible through 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the weather service.
A graphic posted on the NWS Twitter account at 5 a.m. Tuesday shows the forecast for most of the region with the I-275 loop is 3-4 inches. Heavier snowfall is expected in northwestern Hamilton and Warren counties and Butler County. Southeast Indiana also falls with the 4-6 inch prediction band. Southern portions of Northern Kentucky are expected to see accumulations of 2-3 inches.
When will it start to snow?
The weather service says snow and perhaps some sleet will overspread the area Tuesday night. The snow will begin to mix with rain Wednesday morning, changing to all rain by Wednesday afternoon. A period of heavy wet snow is forecast for the Wednesday morning commute.
What is a winter storm warning?
A winter storm warning is a winter weather alert put out by the local National Weather Service office in Wilmington that indicates that heavy snow of at least 6 inches in 12 hours, or at least 8 inches in 24 hours is expected. It can also be issued if sleet accumulation will be at least half an inch.
A warning is more serious than a winter storm watch and an advisory.
How are road conditions expected to be?
An advisory says, “be aware.” A watch says, be prepared.” A warning says, “take action.”
Who is in the warning area?
Counties in Indiana include Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin and Ripley. Counties in Kentucky include Boone, Kenton and Campbell. Ohio counties include Butler, Hamilton, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren.
Despite temperatures near freezing Wednesday morning, heavy snow rates are expected to have major impacts to the morning commute. Even locations forecast to see 1-3″ could still see snow-covered roads due to the heavy snowfall rates.
What will the weather be the rest of the week?
Here’s the forecast from the National Weather Service at Wilmington.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Tuesday night: A low around 31. A chance of rain before 3 a.m., then snow. The snow could be heavy at times, and new snow accumulation of 1-3 inches possible.
Wednesday: A high near 40. Snow, possibly mixed with sleet before 9 a.m., then rain, possibly mixed with sleet between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., then rain likely after 1 p.m. The snow could be heavy at times, and new snow and sleet accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. Wednesday night: Cloudy, with a low around 32. Rain likely before 2 a.m., then a slight chance of snow. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Thursday: Cloudy, with a high near 35. A slight chance of snow before 8 a.m., then a chance of snow showers mainly after 2 p.m. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. A chance of snow showers, mainly before 8 p.m. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38 and breezy.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.
Sunday: Cloudy, with a high near 42 and a chance of rain.
Monday: Cloudy, with a high near 35.