Winter Storm Conditions (Live Updates)
Updated: Dec 25, 2022
Updates below begin with the latest:
Sunday 11:50 a.m. update: Well, Santa was able to get is sleigh in last night with no issue. We heard he made good time as he was riding the wind gusts!
As of this post it's 11 degrees at Toledo Express Airport with a windchill of -6 degrees. Wind gusts possible up to 30 mph today but things have improved dramatically.
Wood, Henry, Paulding, and Lucas have lifted their snow emergencies. Other counties range from level 1 to level 2. Road conditions are much better with interstates mostly clear, state routes still have some icy patches, and side streets are hit and miss.
Unless a significant change comes through, this will be the last update. Merry Christmas everyone!
Saturday 5 p.m. update: The Ohio Turnpike is back open in all directions near MP 106.
Level 1: Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Williams, Wood
Level 2: Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Putnam, Sandusky, Wyandot
Interstates appear mostly clear, state routes have some patch areas of blowing snow but no major issue. Side street are hit and miss.
Saturday 11:11 a.m. update: 5 degrees at Toledo Express Airport. Windchill -16. Wind gusts are reported at 33 mph.
Snow levels are as follows:
Level 1: Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Williams, and Wood.
Level 2: Erie, Ottawa, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot
Level 3: Huron
Saturday 10:20 a.m. update: Wood County has been downgraded to a level 1.
Saturday 9:27 a.m. update: As of this post it's 2 degrees at Toledo Express Airport with a wind chill of -20. Sustained winds of 22 mph with gusts up to 33 mph. Northwest Ohio could see some more snow showers today with areas of blowing snow. The high will reach up to 12 with wind chills remaining near -20.
The Ohio Turnpike confirms that Westbound lanes are again closed, as well at Eastbound at MP 106.
Snow emergencies are as follows:
Level 1: Defiance, Fulton, Henry, and Williams
Level 2: Lucas, Putman, Wood
Level 3: Erie, Hancock, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot
Here's the latest from Blizzard Bill Spencer:
Friday 11:17 p.m. update: Westbound lanes are now open on the Ohio Turnpike at MP 106. Eastbound lanes remain closed.
Friday 10:55 p.m. update: As of this post, it's 0 degrees at Toledo Express Airport with a windchill of -24. Wind gusts are down at bit at 39 degrees.
13 ABC reports 4 people have been killed in the pile up on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County. Busses on scene are taking those involved in the accident to a nearby maintenance building. As of this post, first responders are still on scene and are hoping to have things cleared by midnight. The Turnpike remains closed at Mile Post 106.
Here's the latest weather update from Blizzard Bill.
Friday 4:25 p.m. update: As of this post it's 0 at Toledo Express Airport with a windchill of -24. Winds gusts of 45 mph are being reported.
One person died in a 50 car pile up on the Ohio Turnpike, info from 13 ABC here, The Ohio Turnpike remains closed at mile post 106 in Sandusky County. Blizzard Bill posted this video:
Snow levels have been updated as follows: Wood and Lucas Counties are under a level 2. Erie, Hancock, Huron, Ottawa, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot are under a level 3.
Power outages have been reported across the area due to high winds.
Here's the latest from Blizzard Bill Spencer:
Friday 1:42 p.m. update: The railroad tracks on Holland Sylvania between Airport and Angola are closed due to an accident. All lanes Eastbound and Westbound at Mile Post 106 in Sandusky County are closed due to multiple crashes.
Friday 12:31 p.m. update: As of this post it's -1 at Toledo Express Airport with a wind chill of -28 at Toledo Express airport. High wind gusts are still being reported across the area.
Wood, Lucas, and Paulding Counties are under a Level 2 snow emergency. Erie, Hancock, Huron, Ottawa, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties are under a level 3, which means it is illegal to be on the roads.
Friday 10:10 a.m. update: As of this post it's -2 at Toledo Express Airport with a wind chill of -27. The biggest issue on the roads appears to be visibility and slide-offs. Headlights on and slow down! Lucas, Wood, and Hancock Counties are under a level 2 snow emergency, which means only drive if you need to. Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot counties are under a level 3, which means it is illegal to be on the roads.
Here's the latest from Blizzard Bill
Thursday 10:15 p.m. update: Rain is continuing in Grand Rapids, areas west are now seeing snow. Sustained winds have picked up. Here's the latest from Blizzard Bill.
Thursday 6:56 p.m. update from Blizzard Bill Spencer:
Thursday 6:55 p.m. update: Some area schools (that are in session), businesses, and religious facilities have closed for Friday. See the full list of closings here.
Thursday 5:40 p.m. update from Blizzard Bill Spencer:
Thursday 11:30 a.m. update from Blizzard Bill Spencer:
Thursday 7:30 a.m. update:
Here's video of Blizzard Bill explaining the system:
Ohio Turnpike set to ban the following vehicles during the storm:
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Northwest Ohio from Thursday evening through to Saturday evening. A Wind Chill warning is also in effect Friday morning through Saturday morning.
Forecasters have been predicting a fairly large storm that will move into Northwest Ohio Thursday night. The storm is predicted to bring, rain, flash freezing, wind, dangerous wind chills, and snow.
According to the National Weather Service the event will begin Thursday night with rain before 10 p.m., moving to snow around 11 p.m. Temperatures are predicted to fall from 36 to 31 between these hours and fall even further overnight to the teens by 3 a.m.
The wind will move in overnight Thursday into Friday with widespread blowing snow after 4 a.m. Temperatures will fall to the single digits by 6 a.m., and down to zero by 10 a.m. Wind chills will fall below zero beginning at 4 a.m. Northwest Ohio could see 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight.
Sustained winds will be out of the west between 32 and 34 mph with wind gusts as high as 65 mph for Friday. Wind chills could reach 27 below with temperatures lingering around 1 or 2 degrees through Friday. Northwest Ohio could see around an inch of snow on the ground Friday.
Snow showers will continue Friday night with dangerously low temperatures and wind chills. Wind gusts will continue to be as high as 55 mph.
Blowing snow continues for Saturday under mostly cloudy skies with a high around 10 degrees. Wind will continue at 25 to 29 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph.
Temperatures will rise to the teens for Christmas under cloudy skies.
Monday and Tuesday will bring some sun with temperatures improving to the mid 20s before going above freezing as we get into midweek Wednesday.
The above report is a general summary of National Weather Service predictions. We've also been following veteran Meteorologist Blizzard Bill Spencer. You can follow his predictions here.