COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Central Ohio is now prepping for a winter storm over the weekend, with a combination of snow and ice.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 4:00 a.m. Saturday until 4:00 a.m. Sunday. The upgrade to warning from winter storm watch comes as Central Ohio is expected to get snow accumulations of five to eight inches, along with ice up to 1/10 of an inch.
Friday night might be a good time for a grocery-store run to stock up on food and snacks in order to hang out at home this weekend, Meteorologist Marshall McPeek said.
There are still some differences between the models on what is most likely to happen, with a line following along the I-70 area. North of the line will see more snow, and south of the line will get less. McPeek said it looks more like the Columbus area will get some ice with 3-6" of snow on top of it; 5-8" of snow in areas north of the line, and south of the line will be heavy rain followed by 1-3" of snow.
The final position of the rain/snow/ice line may yet shift 10-30 miles north or south as the storm actually moves through the area. We’ll be updating as often as we can and tracking it through the weekend.
There will also be significant winds, with gusts of 40+mph in areas Saturday night into Sunday. Frigid arctic air will then move into the region Sunday into Monday, with high temps only in the teens and wind chills 10-20 degrees below zero. Frostbite can happen quickly in those temperatures. Be weather aware when you’re out and about, including when you’re headed back to work and school on Tuesday.
Be aware of animals outside in the weather this weekend, as the ice, snow, and cold could be dangerous for them.