By , Mount Vernon News
January 30, 2011, 7:30 pm

A warm front will lift north across the area during the next 48 hours. A strong winter storm will move northeast into northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania along the warm front and spread a wintry mix of precipitation across the area. the storm system is expected to move east of the region on Wednesday. Winter storm watch in effect from Monday evening through Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a winter storm watch…which is in effect from Monday evening through Wednesday morning.

Snow will begin to spread into the area Monday evening along a warm front. Snowfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are possible by Tuesday morning with the first surge of snow.

The intensity of the snow will diminish Tuesday afternoon as the first surge of snow moves to the east of the area. The strong storm system will approach the region later Tuesday afternoon and spread a second surge of snow into the region Tuesday night.

Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches are possible Tuesday night. However…the snow is expected to become mixed with sleet and freezing rain Tuesday night and then possibly change over to all rain by Wednesday morning. the rain will continue Wednesday morning and change back to all snow Wednesday afternoon.

There is the possibility that the snow could change over to all freezing rain earlier than expected and the potential exists for significant ice accumulations by Wednesday morning.

precautionary/preparedness actions

A winter storm watch means that heavy snow and or significant ice accumulation is possible. if you are within the watch area…remain alert to rapidly changing weather conditions. Stay tuned to the national weather service or your favorite weather source for the latest updates and possible warnings.

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