19 First Alert Weather Day: Lake effect snow squalls expected Saturday evening through Sunday morning; bitterly cold this weekend

Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 1:32 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2023 at 11:38 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The 19 First Alert Weather Team has issued a 19 First Alert Weather Day from late Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.

This is only for the Primary Snow Belt, including Cuyahoga County.

The rest of the area will only experience scattered snow showers with little impact or accumulation.

As cold air continues to spill over Lake Erie, lake effect snow showers will develop through the day Saturday.

Initially, most of the snow will impact Ashtabula County, but the snow may spread inland Saturday night into Sunday morning.

1″ - 3″ of snowfall is expected across most of Cuyahoga County.

However, portions of the East Side may see 3″ - 6″ of snow.

Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties may also accumulate 3″ - 6″.

Lake effect snow squalls can cause brief whiteout conditions and snow-coated roads.

Be careful traveling around the Advisory area during the Advisory window as conditions may change and deteriorate rapidly.

The snow will wind down Sunday afternoon.

In the meantime, heavy cloud cover will linger through at least late this afternoon.

A spotty shower, or even a flurry, cannot be ruled out through the evening.

Temperatures will fall into the mid 20s by morning.

Temperatures will only rise into the low 30s tomorrow afternoon, but it will feel as if it’s in the teens all day.

Sunday won’t be much warmer with highs in the mid 30s and morning wind chill temperatures in the single digits!

Afternoon wind chills will only rise into the 20s.

Don’t let the cold weather get you down!

This is, after all, the final weekend of Winter.

Spring begins on Monday.

Temperatures will warm into the upper 40s Monday afternoon.

By Tuesday into Wednesday, temperatures will be climbing into the mid 50s!