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Winter weather advisory, lake-effect snow warning issued for Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull counties through Wednesday night

December 11, 2017

Winter weather advisory, lake-effect snow warning issued for Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull counties through Wednesday night

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued a lake-effect snow warning for inland Ashtabula and Geauga counties, and a winter weather advisory for lakeshore Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake and Trumbull counties in Northeast Ohio. Both the warning and advisory are in effect until Wednesday night (12 a.m. Thursday).

Winter weather advisory: Lakeshore Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake and Trumbull counties

Lake-effect snow with accumulations 4 to 8 inches is possible, with localized amounts up to 12 inches in lakeshore Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake and Trumbull counties.

Lake-effect snow warning: Inland Ashtabula, Geauga counties

Heavy lake-effect snow is expected across inland Ashtabula and Geauga counties. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 11 inches are possible, with localized amounts up to 13 inches not out of the realm of possibility. This snow will result in difficult travel conditions, warns the National Weather Service.

Winter Weather Advisories and Lake Effect Snow Warnings have been issued Tonight through Wednesday fro many parts of NE OH and NW PA. pic.twitter.com/iBvgQWrm5A— Gary Garnet (@GaryNWS) December 11, 2017

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to activate 117 trucks tonight across the region, with 27 trucks in Ashtabula, 19 in Mahoning, 16 in Portage, 17 in Stark, 17 in Summit and 18 in Trumbull County. Crews will be plowing, using salt and salt brine, says ODOT.

Read more from the warning from the National Weather Service:

A clipper system will track across the lower lakes tonight accompanied by light snow. Lake-effect snow will develop Tuesday and continue through Wednesday evening. Snow will pick up in intensity before the morning rush hour Tuesday, continuing through the morning. There may be a relative lull in intensity Tuesday early afternoon before the lake-effect snow organizes for Tuesday late afternoon through Wednesday.

Heavy bursts of snow will be possible within well-developed lake-effect snow bands. The highest snowfall accumulations can be expected across the higher terrain of northwest Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio.

Locations under the winter weather advisory will still receive bursts of heavy snow, possibly leading to the need for a lake effect snow warning. Winds behind the clipper will shift to the northwest with gusts to 30 mph on Tuesday. This will develop lake effect snow bands that reach well inland. The winds will also lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Temperatures will fall throughout the day Tuesday reaching the teens by late afternoon and evening. Wind chills will be in the single digits.

Alberta clipper aimed to push toward NE Ohio early this week bringing a round of snow ???? ---> my update will be up soon! pic.twitter.com/CGEwk6SMjQ— Kelly Reardon (@KellyRWeather) December 11, 2017

Alberta clipper to bring heavy snow to lake-effect belt: Northeast Ohio work-week forecast

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Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com’s meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @KellyRWeather.