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Possible Feb 26 snowstorm

10:13 a.m. Tue, Feb 26, 2008 : Winter Storm Warning continues in effect until 10 p.m. this evening.


Mon, Feb 25, 2008 :

  • On Monday afternoon, Winter Storm Watch changed to a Warning.
    • National Weather Service forecast snowfall amounts for Toledo area:
      • 1-2 inches by daybreak Tuesday
      • 4-6 inches during the day Tuesday
      • another inch possible Tuesday evening before snow ends
      • total accumulation of 6 to 9 inches
  • Monday afternoon, AccuWeather predicts 2-4 inches of snow tonight, 2-4 inches on Tuesday, and possibly another inch Tuesday evening.
  • Temperatures on Tuesday will be around freezing. Should be a sloppy mess.
  • Weather conditions :
    • Toledo Metcalf Airport 4:53 p.m. - Haze, 34, SW 8mph
    • Toledo Express Airport 4:52 p.m. - Overcast with haze, 33, SW 8mph
  • Light snow began falling in West Toledo between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.

Tue, Feb 26, 2008

  • At 2:00 a.m., looks like around two inches of snow has accumulated so far. It's an amazingly picturesque snow. Everything right down to the tiniest twig contains a mound of snow. Temps are around freezing, so it's a wet snow. Little to no wind, so the snow is allowed to stick to and pile up on everything. Quite a scene. Hopefully, winds hold off until after daybreak in order to snap photos of the powder-sugar-covered landscape. We don't get this kind of snowfall very often.
  • Weather conditions :
    • Toledo Metcalf Airport 2:24 a.m. - Light snow mist, 32, E-NE 6mph
    • Toledo Express Airport 1:52 a.m. - Snow and freezing fog, 31, NE 7mp
  • 2:40 a.m. - I can't get over how everything is covered with snow. The bends of the shepherd's hooks, the little ropes holding the small hanging tray feeders, the rim of the basketball hoop and its net, the spiraea bushes, old plant stubble, wires, twigs at the end of tree branches, all contain a half inch of snow or more. If the winds increase, it will knock the snow off and ruin the photo op. And apparently, a chance of rain exists overnight now. No rain, please.
  • 4:50 a.m. - Still snowing. I measured snow depth a few minutes ago, and 3.5 inches of wet, sticky, slippery snow has accumulated here in West Toledo. The NWS called for 1 to 2 inches overnight while AccuWeather predicted 3.5 inches. The scenery is even more dramatic than earlier. Tiny twigs have over an inch of snow accumulation.
  • 6:30 a.m. - Measured 4.25 inches of snow.
  • 8:39 a.m. - ODOT road cams show area roads to be mostly clear to clear and wet.
  • 8:40 a.m. - The landscape looks impressive in the daylight with the sticky snow piled on everything.
  • 10:20 a.m. - Measured 5.5 inches of snow.
  • 12:50 p.m. - Temps in mid to upper 30's. Around 6 inches of snow on ground. Unless the snow picks up this afternoon and this evening, the 8 to 12 inches of total accumulation forecast by the NWS seems enthusiastic. AccuWeather has been more accurate thus far with forecasting snowfall amounts.
  • Weather conditions :
    • Toledo Metcalf Airport 12:53 p.m. - Light snow, 34, N 12mph
    • Toledo Express Airport 12:52 p.m. - Light snow, fog/mist, 33, N 14mph

Wed, Feb 27, 2008

  • 5:30 a.m. - temp in West Toledo is 12 F.
  • 5:50 a.m. - snow depth in West Toledo is 4.5 to 5.0 inches. Total snowfall was around 6 inches, but temps in the mid-30's during most of the day on Tuesday caused some melting of the snow.

Latest Statement

National Weather Service statement as of 10:13 a.m. on Tue, Feb 26, 2008

Snow will continue from Toledo to Findlay and Sandusky through the afternoon and evening hours. The snow may be heavy at times with total accumulations of 8 to 12 inches expected by the time the snow tapers off late tonight.

Winds will become northwesterly this afternoon and increase to 15 to 25 mph. Occasional gusts to 30 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow this evening and overnight.

Latest Forecasts

NWS

National Weather Service forecast as of 10:51 a.m. Tue, Feb 26, 2008 :

This Afternoon: Snow...with areas of blowing snow developing late this afternoon. Snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Early highs in the lower 30s. Temperature falling into the upper 20s this afternoon. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.

Tonight: Snow likely in the evening...then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Areas of blowing snow. Total accumulation of 8 to 12 inches. Brisk with lows around 16. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Wednesday: Cloudy. A chance of snow showers in the morning. Areas of blowing snow in the morning. Colder with highs around 20. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50 percent.

AccuWeather

AccuWeather forecast as of Tuesday morning, Feb 26, 2008 :

Tuesday: High: 32°F RealFeel®: 23°F Increasingly windy with snow, accumulating an additional 2-4 inches; blowing and drifting snow. Amount of Snow: 2.6in. Hours of Precipitation: 12 Hrs.

Tuesday Night: Low: 15°F RealFeel®: -2°F Considerable clouds, windy and cold with some snow, accumulating up to an additional inch. Amount Snow: 0.8in. Hours of Precipitation: 6 Hrs.

Wednesday: High: 23°F RealFeel®: 6°F Cloudy, breezy and quite cold with snow showers, accumulating a coating to an inch. Amount of Snow: 0.0in. Hours of Precipitation: 3 Hrs.

Links

NWS msg 3:12pm Feb 25

National Weather Service statement at 3:12 p.m. Mon, Feb 25, 2008 :

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a Winter Storm Warning... which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to 10 PM EST Tuesday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Low pressure will move up the Ohio Valley tonight and Tuesday morning. Precipitation associated with this low will spread into Northwest Ohio this evening and into north central Ohio by midnight. It appears temperatures will remain cold enough for mostly snow during this event. It is possible that some freezing rain could briefly mix with the snow late tonight or Tuesday morning south of a Findlay to Mansfield to Ashland line. Little if any ice accumulation is expected.

Snow accumulations by daybreak Tuesday will be 1 to 2 inches along the I-75 corridor with an inch of accumulation as far east as I-71. Another 4 to 6 inches of accumulation is expected during the day Tuesday... with another inch or so possible by the time the snow winds down Tuesday evening. Storm totals of 6 to 9 inches are possible over the area. Winds will begin to increase Tuesday afternoon and will cause blowing and drifting snow.

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when severe winter weather is expected. Heavy snow and/or ice will cause hazardous driving conditions. If you will be traveling in the warning area you should choose an alternate Route if possible, or you should use extreme caution if travel is unavoidable. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other radio and TV stations for further details or updates.

NWS msg 10:33pm Feb 25

National Weather Service statement at 10:33 p.m. Mon, Feb 25, 2008 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 PM EST Tuesday for most of northwest and north central Ohio.

Occasional snow is expected overnight and Tuesday. Temperatures will be at or just below freezing overnight into Tuesday and some rain and freezing rain is also possible especially from around Route 30 and south... from Findlay to Mansfield to Ashland and south. A significant ice accumulation is not expected but a light glaze of ice is possible.

Snow accumulations by daybreak will be 1 to 2 inches along the I-75 corridor and in the hills around Ashland and Mansfield... with generally about an inch elsewhere. The snow will increase in intensity during the day Tuesday and may be heavy at times. Blowing and drifting snow will develop during the afternoon. An additional 4 to 6 inches of accumulation is expected during the day Tuesday.. with another inch or so possible by the time the snow winds down Tuesday evening. Storm totals of 6 to 9 inches are possible over the area.

NWS msg 3:18am Feb 26

National Weather Service statement at 3:18 a.m. Tue, Feb 26, 2008 :

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 PM EST this evening...

Snow... possibly mixed with some sleet or freezing rain will change to just snow this afternoon and continue into this evening before tapering to light snow showers. Total accumulation of 8 to 12 inches is expected by the time the snow tapers off this evening. The lesser amounts will tend to be in the southern part of the area where more of the sleet and freezing rain is possible. Significant ice accumulation is not expected... but a glaze of ice is possible.

Northwest winds increasing to 15 to 25 mph with possible gusts of 30 to 35 mph this afternoon will cause blowing and drifting of the snow.

NWS msg 9:39am Feb 26

Public information statement by the National Weather Service. Information as of 9:39 am EST on February 26, 2008 :

The following are unofficial observations taken during the past 12
hours for the storm that has been affecting our region.
Appreciation is extended to Highway departments... cooperative
observers... Skywarn spotters and media for these reports. This
summary is also available on our home Page at weather.Gov/Cleveland

**********************12 hour snowfall**********************

Location 12 hour time/date comments
snowfall of
(inches) measurement

Lucas County...
Toledo-pt place 5.5 728 am 2/26
Toledo Airport 4.8 927 am 2/26
Maumee 4.5 738 am 2/26
Sylvania TWP 3.0 735 am 2/26

Sandusky County...
Fremont 5.8 809 am 2/26
Oak Harbor 5s 5.0 737 am 2/26

Erie County...
Sandusky 4.5 832 am 2/26
Vermilion 3.4 820 am 2/26
Huron 3.1 925 am 2/26

NWS msg 10:13am Feb 26

National Weather Service statement at 10:13 a.m. Tue, Feb 26, 2008 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 PM EST this evening for northwest and north central Ohio.

Snow will continue from Toledo to Findlay and Sandusky through the afternoon and evening hours. The snow may be heavy at times with total accumulations of 8 to 12 inches expected by the time the snow tapers off late tonight.

Winds will become northwesterly this afternoon and increase to 15 to 25 mph. Occasional gusts to 30 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow this evening and overnight.

Motorists should exercise extreme caution when driving. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Roadways can become slippery quickly... especially on bridges and overpasses. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

Radar

Feb 25

4:30 p.m. Mon, Feb 25, 2008
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Feb 26

2:00 a.m. Tue, Feb 26, 2008
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8:15 a.m. Tue, Feb 26, 2008
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Snow Forecast Map

Weather Channel precipitation forecast map :

4:19 p.m. Mon, Feb 25, 2008 forecast through Wed morning Feb 27 :

Road Conditions

Status of area roads for the following counties according to BuckeyeTraffic.org :

Feb 26, 2008

  • Lucas - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 2:43 a.m.
  • Wood - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 12:40 a.m.
  • Fulton - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 2:09 a.m.
  • Henry - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 3:05 a.m.
  • Ottawa - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 2:51 a.m.
  • Hancock - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 1:23 a.m.
  • Sandusky - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 12:01 a.m.

Road Cams

ODOT District Two Road Cams via WTOL

Only displaying a couple here. 17 photos of different ODOT camera locations exist on the WTOL site.

3:11 a.m. Feb 26 - Airport Hwy at I-475 looking south

3:11 a.m. Feb 26 - I-475 & US20 Central Ave North Bound Ramps Looking South

created by jr on Feb 25, 2008 at 05:18:59 pm
updated by jr on Feb 27, 2008 at 06:57:33 am
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Comments ... #

Snow can be treacherous to drive on but it has a beneficial effect on bringing up the lake levels once it melts. Another aspect is adding moisture to agricultural fields.

posted by flinty on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:53:09 pm     #  

Does anyone know how to send the snow level alerts to a cell? Depending on the levels, if any, I could have the day off :)

posted by Eastsider on Feb 25, 2008 at 09:19:51 pm     #  

I can't believe TPS is closed...

posted by MrsPhoenix on Feb 26, 2008 at 06:46:41 am     #  

MrsPhoenix, the closing may be based upon Tuesday's forecast. First of all, as of 10:30 last night, the National Weather Service was only calling for 1 to 2 inches of snow to fall overnight. At 5:00 a.m., I measured 3.5 inches of new snow.

And here's the latest NWS statement as of 3:18 this morning. The total snow accumulation has been increased from 6-9 inches to 8-12 inches.

Snow... possibly mixed with some sleet or freezing rain will change to just snow this afternoon and continue into this evening before tapering to light snow showers. Total accumulation of 8 to 12 inches is expected by the time the snow tapers off this evening. Northwest winds increasing to 15 to 25 mph with possible gusts of 30 to 35 mph this afternoon will cause blowing and drifting of the snow.

Lucas County has issued a level 2 snow emergency this morning. Description of the snow emergency levels.

AccuWeather called for 3.5 inches of snow to fall overnight, and their forecast for Toledo today is for 2 to 4 more inches of snow with another inch tonight. AccuWeather may be more accurate, which means Toledo will probably end up with around 7 inches of snow total, and not the 8 to 12 predicted by the NWS.

posted by jr on Feb 26, 2008 at 07:10:32 am     #  

The wet, sticky overnight snow associated with little wind has produced some nice scenery.

The bird feeders will need some assistance.

posted by jr on Feb 26, 2008 at 07:21:40 am     #  

I was telling my wife it's funny how snow like this brings life to the dead looks of the trees and land in general.

posted by djimpelr on Feb 26, 2008 at 08:29:20 am     #  

Snow can be treacherous to drive on but it has a beneficial effect on bringing up the lake levels once it melts. Another aspect is adding moisture to agricultural fields.

And water into my basement once it all melts (sigh)

posted by Ace_Face on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:24:46 am     #  

I'm totally unsure as to how to post pictures here, but I've posted some pictures on my own blog HERE of the snow in my yard. It's SOOOOOO pretty and we're actually getting some pretty heavy snow again right now. I definitely love living out in the country when it comes to stuff like this because it's totally untouched and beautiful!

posted by justsimplyholly on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:28:26 am     #  

ROFL, as an added source of humor, 13 ABC just came across making an announcement that TARTA had just called in to say that all busses are running on time. HUH?!? They're rarely on time during good weather conditions, how is it they can be on time today?

posted by justsimplyholly on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:30:04 am     #  

According to the ODOT road cams, area roadways are mostly clear and wet.

Airport Highway - Spring Meadows Looking East

I'm assuming TARTA's route has similar conditions.

posted by jr on Feb 26, 2008 at 11:16:50 am     #  

Thanks jr. Here's my question though: based on the forecast and actual snow accumulation thus far, why is TPS (and other districts) closed, but not the library and its branches?

posted by MrsPhoenix on Feb 26, 2008 at 11:27:14 am     #  

And why are the metroparks closed? That's outdoors. Cross country skiing, sledding, and always birding. Apparent answer on the metroparks Web site

All Metroparks are closed when the Lucas County Sheriff issues either a Level II or Level III Snow Emergency. The parks will remain closed today unless the Level II emergency is lifted. All programs for today are cancelled regardless of the emergency level.

OK, I could see closing a park during a Level 3 snow emergency. Lucas County is still under a Level 2. Definition of Level 2 :

A LEVEL II SNOW EMERGENCY is for all roads and streets in Lucas County, including state, county and township roads, and all city streets. This means that only people with a real and important need to be out on the roads and streets should do so. All persons, including news media reporters, support, and production personnel; and all health care and other emergency personnel should contact their employers to determine whether they are to report to work during the snow emergency. All public safety employees must report as scheduled.

Skiing and sledding are "real and important". Could maybe cross country ski on the side streets.

Nearly six inches of snow has fallen, but with temps around 32 degrees combined with light winds right now, road crews have been able to keep the main roads fairly clear.

posted by jr on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:25:39 pm     #  

Once again, the weather people we have here acted like it was going to be the storm to end all storms, and it wasn't shit.

posted by Darkseid on Feb 27, 2008 at 02:19:29 am     #  

  • Here in West Toledo, we wound up with six to seven inches of snow.
  • Temps in the mid-30's most of the day on Tuesday caused some of the snow to melt.
  • With melting, freezing, compressing, the snow depth Wednesday morning in West Toledo is 4.5 to 5.0 inches.
  • According to the Wed, Feb 27, 2008 Toledo Blade article :
    • "As of 5:25 p.m. yesterday, 8.8 inches of snow had fallen at Toledo Express Airport."
    • "Seven inches of snow fell yesterday in Sylvania."
    • "6 inches in Maumee."
  • On Monday morning, the National Weather Service predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow by Tuesday evening.
  • On Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service predicted 6 to 9 inches of snow by Tuesday evening with the following breakdown :
    • 1 to 2 inches by daybreak Tuesday (I measured 4.25 inches at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.)
    • 4 to 6 inches during the day Tuesday (The area received 2 to 4 inches of snow during the day Tuesday.)
    • another inch possible Tuesday evening before snow ends.
  • Early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service for some reason changed their total snow prediction to be 8 to 12 inches of snow by Tuesday evening.
    • That was probably because more snow than the NWS initially predicted fell over the area before daybreak Tuesday.
    • With 4 to 5 inches of snow on the ground by daybreak Tuesday, the NWS forecast 3 to 5 more inches during the day Tuesday with a little more possible Tuesday evening.
  • During the day Monday, AccuWeather predicted for Toledo around 5 to 9 inches of snow by Wednesday morning.
    • In AccuWeather's forecast, they give a snowfall range, a specific number of inches, and expected precipitation duration for each time period.
    • Here's AccuWeather's prediction as of Monday afternoon :
      • By daybreak Tuesday: 2-4 inches. Amount Snow: 3.5in. Hours of Precipitation: 11 Hrs.
      • During daytime Tuesday: 2-4 inches. Amount of Snow: 2.6in. Hours of Precipitation: 12 Hrs.
      • Tuesday night: some snow, accumulating up to an additional inch. Amount Snow: 0.8in. Hours of Precipitation: 6 Hrs.
  • The Toledo area received 6 to 9 inches of snow.
    • The National Weather Service's Monday afternoon prediction of 6 to 9 inches, and AccuWeather's Monday afternoon prediction of 5 to 9 inches appear accurate.
    • AccuWeather, however, was more accurate with the snowfall amount by daybreak Tuesday.

posted by jr on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:45:57 am     #