George Hiotis

Get Ready For Winter

by George Hiotis on December 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

Many people in Zanesville and the rest of Ohio who started Thursday in unseasonable warmth can soon expect an icy blast of winter weather.  Temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s across much of the state will plunge 30 to 40 degrees by the weekend.  A cold front moving through will bring rain changing to a wintry mix overnight in most of Ohio, followed by significant snowfall later Friday in parts of the state.

Here is a discussion from Whiz Meteorologist Phil Sakal:

   An arctic cold front will slowly move through the area by the end of the week. The result will be colder temperatures and another winter storm moving into SE Ohio for the end of the work week.
The rain will become steadier as we head throughout your Thursday and the rain will continue into the evening as well. High temperatures will warm once again into the lower 60s and this will occur around midday. They will begin to slowly fall through the afternoon, as colder air begins to move in behind the cold front.
The rain will begin to change to a wintry mix after midnight tonight into early Friday morning. The precipitation will also lighten up after midnight and there may even be a break before the precipitation begins again. There could be a light ice accumulation of sleet and maybe a little freezing rain before the precipitation transitions over to snow during the day on Friday. This changeover to snow will occur, from northwest to southeast. Total snowfall amounts will depend on how fast the cold air moves into the region.
Currently the models are showing the heaviest band of snow along a line from New Philadelphia, to Coshocton, to Newark into Columbus. However, it is still possible that this heavier band shifts further south and east. For now, it is looking like a general 3-6 inches for most of Southeast Ohio. There could be some amounts higher than 6 inches in that heavier band of snow. Areas well south and east will receive less snow because they will hold on to the rain and the wintry mix longer. Right now, it looks like these areas can expect 1-3 inches.