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Published: Monday, 2/8/2010

Substantial snow forecast for region


School kids — and their long-suffering teachers — finally may get their wish for a snow day this week.

For weather watchers, the snow should ease any concerns people have over the region not achieving its average snowfall for this time of the year,

The National Weather Service predicts that snow that will begin this morning could leave up to 12 inches in the Toledo region by tomorrow.

“This one is going to one of the bigger storms so far,” said Robert Shiels, chief meteorologist for WTOL-TV, Channel 11. “Whenever we beyond around 10 inches, we go from being inconvenienced to concerns of safety. We're talking about drifts reaching 2 feet.”

The highest amounts of snow are expected west and north of a line from Findlay to Sandusky. The weather service says the storm will extend into Michigan counties bordering Toledo.

“Coming into today, we're about 6 inches off our normal pace,” Mr. Shiels said. “We should take care of the one fell swoop.”

The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued storm warnings for counties surrounding Lucas beginning at 7 a.m. today through 7 p.m. tomorrow, citing a low pressure system that's moving across northern Ohio, which will spread snow into northwest and north-central parts of the state.

“Serious accumulations should begin around 4 p.m. through midnight tonight,” Mr. Shiels said.

The weather service said accumulations through sunset will be between 2 and 4 inches, with an additional 3 to 5 inches expected later tonight. By tomorrow, total accumulations could range between 8 inches and a foot.

This evening, north to northwest winds of 10 to 20 miles an hour, with even stronger gusts of wind, will lead to considerable drifting, the weather service said.

Mr. Shiels said folks considering a snow run to stock up on necessities should do it before evening, before roads become difficult to travel on.

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