Winter Storm Warnings in effect, hazardous travel, strong winds and extreme cold through Saturday (19 First Alert Weather Day)

Published: Dec. 20, 2022 at 1:30 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2022 at 8:34 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The BLIZZARD WARNING has been CANCELLED and replaced with a WINTER STORM WARNING through Saturday morning.

WINTER STORM AND WIND CHILL WARNINGS are in effect for pretty much all of the area.

Winds gusting 50 to 60 mph or greater will be likely Friday evening.

This could not only lead to power outages, but bitterly cold wind chill values and blizzard-like conditions as blowing snow will greatly reduce visibility.

The highest wind speeds will be closest to the lakeshore where winds could gust in excess of 60 mph.

Wind chill values -20 to -30 below zero are not off the table Friday night into Saturday with values coming up slightly Saturday into the -10 to -20 degree range.

Snow showers continue off and on throughout the day on Friday before a transition to more lake effect snow Saturday into Sunday.

Areas closer to the lakeshore standing a better chance of finding accumulating snowfall.

Winds will relax by Sunday but the arctic chill will not depart the area until early next week.

Now through the weekend, snowfall should range from 4 to 6 inches across northern Ohio, with higher totals closer to the lakeshore, lower totals south.

The snowbelt will see 6 to 12 inches plus through the weekend.

The wind will make measurements difficult due to blowing and drifting snow.