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Winter Storm Watch Upgraded to Lake Effect Snow Warning

The National Weather Service has upgraded a Winter Storm Watch into a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Crawford and Erie Counties. The Warning lasts from 10PM on Wednesday February 26th until 6PM on Saturday February 29th.

According to the NWS Deepening low pressure from the Ohio Valley will move to Lake Ontario by Thursday morning, general snow with this storm system will produce a swath of snow across Northwest Ohio through this evening and when colder air arrives with a wind shift to the west-northwest tonight lake effect snow will become the main concern for Northeast Ohio into Northwest Pennsylvania tonight into the weekend.

Lake effect snow could deposit 8 to 14 inches of precipitation across portions of Crawford and Erie Counties with the potential for greater amounts to fall in areas of the snow belt and higher terrain. In addition to snowfall strong winds with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour could blow snow, causing snow drifts and white out conditions, it may also bring down tree branches and power lines. Travel could be very difficult to impossible in some places.

Operation Weather Alert will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates that include closings and delays for over 100 area schools and organizations.

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Winter Storm Watch for Crawford and Erie Counties

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 6PM on Wednesday February 26th and lasting until 3AM on Saturday February 29th

Starting on Wednesday night pressure will move from the Ohio River Valley toward southwestern Pennsylvania. A general snow with this storm system will produce a swath of snow across Northwest Ohio as Colder air arrives with a wind shift to the west tonight with lake effect snow becoming the main concern for Northeast Ohio into Northwest Pennsylvania continuing into the weekend. During this period NWS reports that as many as 6 to 10 inches of snow could fall in the area and may exceed 12 inches in areas prone to snow belt activity. The Weather Service also warns that strong winds may gust as high as 40 miles per hour on Thursday and will create areas of drifting, blowing, snow.

Operation Weather Alert will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates, including closings and delays for over 100 area schools and organizations.