Winter Storm Warning: What to expect

Winter Storm Warning: What to expect
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most of the Tri-State this weekend as our first big snowfall of the season arrives.

Most of us will see 3-5 inches with isolated higher amounts possible.

Friday is literally the lull before the storm. We’re in for partly sunny skies and a high of 35 degrees.

Everything will change overnight when the warning begins at 4 .m. Saturday and lasts until 7 a.m. Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday are FOX19 NOW First Alert Weather Days. We will be following this breaking story throughout the weekend on air and all our digital platforms, including our Weather App.

Snow is expected to begin falling by 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. Saturday.

Areas north of the Interstate 71/75 split in Northern Kentucky will see anywhere from 3 to nearly 6 inches.

The last time Cincinnati saw so much snow was Feb. 16, 2015, when 6.3 inches was recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Travel conditions will go downhill with slick roads starting mid-morning Saturday. The morning low will fall to 28 degrees.

Snow will be heaviest late morning and early afternoon.

Areas in our southernmost viewing area of Kentucky including Owen, Gallatin and Pendleton counties, will see slightly less snow, about 2 to 4 inches due to warmer air there.

Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid-30s, and that will help with salt and other road treatments but still expect snow-covered streets as surfaces are below freezing.

The good news is we will be dry to start out the work week Monday but, with the snow ending Sunday, there still will be delays likely Monday, especially in rural areas.

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