TIMELINE: What to expect from this weekend’s winter storm

Winter storm closing in

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Grab the bread and milk Tri-Staters! We’ve reached the third weekend of the new year and are gearing up for our second winter storm.

FOX19 NOW Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer issued a First Alert Weather Day for both Saturday and Sunday. Horstmeyer says not to underestimate how slick the weekend weather will make the roads.

Sunday morning many roads will be covered in snow with a layer of ice underneath.

Horstmeyer is predicting three to six inches for the northernmost counties, two to four inches for the metro Cincinnati areas and the center of the Tri-State, southernmost counties will see one to three inches of snow.

Some parts of the Greater Cincinnati area will see more snow than other parts.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect over the weekend:

Saturday

By 7 a.m.:

  • Western half of the Tri-State will be seeing precipitation.
  • Northernmost counties should expect a wet to icy mix and some snow. Roads will be slushy to wet with icy patches.
  • Southernmost counties will see rain and wet roads.
  • Cincinnati and areas closely surrounding the Queen City will see mainly rain with some spots of a snow/sleet mix. The roads will be wet.

By 12 p.m.:

  • Precipitation falling in all counties.
  • Northernmost counties will see a wet to icy mix and some snow. Roads will be slushy to wet with icy patches.
  • Southernmost counties will see rain that could be heavy. Flood Advisories are possible with wet roads.
  • Metro Cincinnati area will see mainly rain with some spots of snow/sleet mixed in. The roads will be wet.
  • By noon clod air will just be beginning to push to snow farther south.

By 4 p.m.:

  • Precipitation will be falling in all counties.
  • Snow will be advancing to the southeast.
  • Snow will be accumulation in the northwestern counties.

By 7 p.m.:

  • Change from rain to snow will advance southeastward to I-71.
  • A couple inches will be on the ground in the northwestern areas.
  • There will be an icy band between rain and snow.

By 10:20 p.m.:

  • All counties but southeastern areas getting snow.
  • Snow will be light to moderate.
  • Temperatures will be crashing
  • West roads will begin to freeze. Snow on top of ice will form.

By Midnight Saturday/Sunday morning:

  • Snow will begin tapering off in the northwest
  • Still falling in most of the Tri-State
  • Significant icing in southeastern areas

By 6:30 a.m. Sunday

  • Snow over east of I-71 and tapering off southeastern counties
  • Weather-related problems will not be over
  • Wind gusts will be around 40 miles per hour blowing snow. There will be poor visibility in spots.
  • Ice will be under the snow meaning slick roads.
  • Wind Chills will be zero or below

Biggest problems to plan for:

  • Ice accumulation early Saturday evening.
  • Snow accumulation overnight Saturday and Sunday.
  • Blowing and drifting snow Sunday morning.
  • Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour Sunday -- brisk into Monday morning.
  • Wind chills late Sunday into Monday morning below zero.

Counties under a Winter Storm Warning through Sunday morning:

  • Franklin, IN
  • Union, IN
  • Butler, OH
  • Warren, OH
  • Clinton, OH

A Winter Weather Alert has been issued for the rest of the viewing area including Hamilton County, Ohio, Dearborn County, Ind., and Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in Kentucky.

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