Winter storm expected to hit region Tuesday


A developing winter storm system could dump several inches of snow across several northwest Ohio counties, based on a special weather statement issued today by the National Weather Service.

The special weather statement, in effect now until further notice, was issued for Ohio counties including Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Williams, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Allen, and Hillsdale County in southeast Michigan.

The winter storm is expected to bluster into the area Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. A storm system is expected to strengthen across the southern Plains Tuesday, tracking then northeast into the southern Great Lakes region and the Ohio Valley.

Snow could become heavy at times Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

There remains some uncertainty about the exact track of the storm, but indications at this point suggest that much of the area covered by the special weather statement could receive more than six inches of snow. 

Depending on the track of the storm, a wintry mix could be possible for a time, especially areas south of U.S. 24 on Tuesday night.

In addition to the potential for heavy snow accumulations, north winds are expected to strengthen to 15 to 25 mph late Tuesday, possibly causing blowing and drifting snow through Wednesday morning.