Flood watches for the chance of heavy rain are in effect for Saturday and winter weather advisories are in effect for Sunday morning for large chunks of the viewing area.
Rain is expected to start by mid morning Saturday and continue until late Saturday night. One to two inches of rain are possible and with wet grounds already, and the runoff could continue well after the rain stops late Saturday night.
Snow will begin Sunday morning before the sun comes up and while the snow may accumulate on the grassy surfaces, the temperatures will drop below freezing as well which means there could be ice on area roads early in the day. The Stormtracker 13 meteorologists expect snow squalls as Arctic air moves in and temperatures drop even more later Sunday afternoon.
In general, many locations will only see about an inch of snow on the grass while a few places in southeast Ohio could see as many as three to four inches of snow depending on exactly how the storm moves.
“We don’t want people to focus on the amount of snow as much as the road conditions because it could get icy fast with a possible flash freeze scenario once we get down into the teens late Sunday afternoon and evening,” said Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins. “We want people to think about safety first and even if it doesn’t look like much snow it could be very slick.”
By Sunday night the air temperatures will drop to single digits and people need to be careful with supplemental heat, practicing all safety rules in regards to electrical loads on outlets and cords and keeping proper ventilation around any combustible heat source and keeping flammables away from those heat sources. Also, anyone who may be concerned about freezing water pipes should allow a trickle of water to run overnight Sunday into Monday morning.
“The usual reminder is to run water about the thickness of a pencil. It’s a lot cheaper to run the water than to fix broken pipes,” said Adkins.
Temperatures are expected to rebound sharply again as highs will go from about 22 to 25 on Monday to 45 to 50 degrees on Tuesday. Colder than normal temperatures should be back at the end of next week along with more chances for snow.