Lake effect snow potential, windy conditions trigger First Alert Weather Day warning for Wednesday

Lake effect snow potential, windy conditions trigger First Alert Weather Day warning for Wednesday
(Source: KAUZ)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Winter may finally be on its way to Northeast Ohio.

The Cleveland 19 News First Alert meteorologists have declared a First Alert Weather Day for Wednesday because of the forecast for lake effect snow and gusty conditions.

Forecast: Lake effect snow and freezing temps expected

From First Alert Meteorologist Jeff Tanchak:

"We decided to put out an ALERT day for Wednesday for some lake effect snow, windy, and much colder temperatures. My current thinking is that this will not be a significant lake snow event for our area. The best risk of heavier lake snow will be more towards NW Pennsylvania. We will experience a big change on Wednesday with wind gusts over 40 mph and a big temperature swing as we finally get into some winter weather. It is still a little too early to determine exactly how much lake snow we will see, but the best risk will be focused on area east of Cleveland in the snow belt where a few inches could fall in spots. It will be a northwest wind and that usually isn’t a favorable wind for our viewing area to get significant snow. The team we keep everybody posted of course.

Before this happens (today, tonight, and tomorrow) look for warm and windy weather for this time of year with waves of rain. The first wave arrives late this afternoon and evening. The rain is not forecast to be heavy. The winds should stay just below advisory criteria but we will continue to monitor that as well."

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