The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a winter storm for Christmas night and into early Wednesday that will result in very hazardous travel conditions as strong winds and heavy snowfall is expected across the area before the storm system moves to the northeast into the Ohio valley.
Overall, the NWS says snow is likely Christmas Day (a 70 percent chance) after 7pm. It will be a cloudy day with a low of 27. It also will be very blustery, with a northeast wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Snow, possibly heavy at times, will move into the area late Tuesday afternoon and early evening and continue through the night, according to the NWS. It also says dangerous travel conditions are expected as falling and blowing snow significantly reduces visibility and briefly creates near blizzard conditions.
The NWS also advises residents to make preparations at home by stocking emergency supplies such as food, medicine and extra heating fuel, just in case the storm makes travel impossible. This is especially important for those living in rural areas, the NWS stated.