A storm system will bring the first significant snow of the season to the area by the start of the weekend. A band of heavy snow will develop across the state Friday. The National Weather service has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from 9am Friday to noon on Saturday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.
Timing: Snow will develop early Friday morning, continuing through late afternoon to Saturday evening. While the ground and road pavements are above freezing, the snow rates will overcome this and will impact those traveling Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.
Accumulations: At this time, 5 to 10 inches of snow looks very possible in the warning area with localized higher amounts. South of the warning area, 2 to 4 inches of snow looks possible. These snow amounts could fluctuate up or down depending on the eventual track and strength of this system.
Visibilities may drop to less than a half mile at times as gusty north winds create areas of blowing and drifting snow. Travel may be impacted.
A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.