According to the National Weather Service, unbelievably cold (potentially deadly and record-breaking) temperatures, heavy snow, and some ice are about to sweep into the Ohio Valley, covering Morrow County and surrounding areas thanks to a weather event that is commonly called a polar vortex.
Sunday Afternoon Update
Well, it looks like the first part of the NOAA prediction was wrong – so far…no snow… Thank goodness!
The frigid cold is reportedly still on its way, however.
As of right now, about 10 p.m. EST Saturday January 4, 2014, not much is happening, and as far as overnight hours go, not much is predicted, with a 30% chance of snow with little or no accumulation expected.
Sunday, January 5, 2014: A.M. Forecast
Tomorrow morning, Sunday, around 9 a.m. is when NOAA predicts things will start to turn, with a 100% chance of snow and two to four inches of snow accumulation.
Sunday, January 5, 2014: P.M. Forecast
Then tomorrow night from 11 p.m. through the night-time hours, expect another three to five inches of snow, wind (likely to cause drifting), and sub-zero temperatures with double-digit negative temperatures after wind chill is factored in.
Monday, January 6, 2014 Forecast
Monday there should be a little more snow, heavier winds combined with continued sub-zero temperatures. The National Weather Service is predicting wind chill factors for Mount Gilead, in Morrow County, Ohio to reach -35 degrees (that’s: thirty-five degrees below zero.)
Caution is advised, as these temperatures are dangerously low, and exposed skin can become frostbit in 10 minutes – or less – at these low, predicted temperatures.
If you absolutely have to go out, dress extra warmly, and make sure to take extra emergency supplies in your car, especially blankets, in case you slide in the ditch.
The 7-day forecast is available via NOAA, along with more details about the approaching storm, at the website link provided above.