The greater Cincinnati area is currently under a winter storm watch for Wednesday and into Thursday night.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) post in Wilmington, the Cincinnati area has a chance of being hit with some snow. But the bigger issue is the 53% chance of getting at least a quarter-inch of ice.
[4:15 AM] The Winter Storm Watch has been expanded for our entire local area. Folks, there are still a lot of uncertainties w/ this system, so it’s best to focus not specifically on the amounts themselves, but more the probabilities of significant snow/ice, depending on location. pic.twitter.com/AxeXFynhjq
— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) February 1, 2022
Rain is predicted to begin around 7 a.m. Wednesday with a high in the mid-40s. Around 3 a.m. Thursday the temperature is set to drop and the precipitation will turn to sleet.
More rain and sleet are expected Thursday morning and through the afternoon with a high of 35 degrees and an ice accumulation of 0.2 to 0.4 inches.
New reports say an inch of snow is expected Thursday afternoon. The snow and sleet mix will turn to all snow in the evening, with a possible accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.
The NWS provided some information about large variations in forecast maps from other services. “Simply put, snow is sensitive,” the NWS Wilmington wrote. They say other forms of precipitation, like rain and sleet, can change the snow accumulation.
No matter what, the NWS says to “know your vulnerability and plan for YOUR worst-case scenario regardless of the forecast.”
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