Winter is coming to Northeast Ohio next week.
Through Tuesday, local temperatures will run above average across Northeast Ohio with mild highs in the 40s and 50s. Wednesday, an arctic blast will quickly drop high temperatures to the 30s, with frigid lows in the 20s. The surge of cold air means the lake-effect snow machine could be in full swing in the near future.
That arctic blast, or a strong shift in the jet stream ushering in frigid air, will bring frosty temperatures starting Wednesday, and the extended forecast shows they’re here to stay. “If computer models hold true, [it] looks like potential for an extended lake-effect snow event as an arctic blast heads out way. Models have been advertising this event for a few days now. Areas outside the lake-effect belt, this still affects you because your area will see much colder air from this,” said Kirk Lombardy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.
Accurate snow amounts won’t become available until next week, along with exact locations of the heaviest bands of snow. Some days the lake-effect snow could reach west of Cleveland, but on other days will stay further east in the typical snow belt, so as Lombardy stated, “stay tuned.”
I’ll be sending out an update on the forecast Monday.
Week of Dec. 10
With low temperatures in the 20s and highs in the 30s continuing through the week after, more snow is expected. Currently, snow is possible across Northeast Ohio again starting Sunday night, Dec. 10, with chances lasting through that Friday. This is a very extended forecast, however, so we’ll have to get through the next week to see exactly how things will pan out.