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Winter storms expected to bring lake-effect snow

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    Reinforcements for these icicles seen Sunday at Mill Hollow Reservation on the Vermilion River could be coming in the form of a significant snowstorm forecast to begin tonight.

    ANNA NORRIS / CHRONICLE

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Get those snow shovels and snow blowers back out as Lorain County gets another wave of winter weather beginning tonight that is forecast to last into Wednesday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Karen Clark said a winter storm watch will be in effect for the area beginning 5 p.m. today and residents should be wary of making any plans.

“The Lorain County area is going to start seeing snow Monday afternoon,” Clark said. “If you have plans Monday night or even Tuesday morning, trying to change them might be the best course of action and keep an eye on closures and cancellations for activities scheduled.”

Clark said the snowfall will pick up in the evening with 3 to 5 inches predicted tonight and an additional three to five inches Tuesday morning. She said winds will be between 10 and 20 mph with gusts topping 35 mph.

“After that, there’s going to be some breaks throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday,” she said. “It’ll really depend on how the lake effect shakes out. With the winds coming in from the northeast rather than the west, it could affect Lorain County more than normal.”

Clark also said since the ice on Lake Erie has mostly melted, lake-effect snow could be stronger than in months past.

“When there’s ice on the lake, there’s less moisture for snowstorms to take in,” she said. “But when there isn’t ice, the storms can get more behind them.”

After Wednesday, there aren’t any more bad snowstorms heading to Lorain County in the coming week, Clark said, but there’s no saying this is the last major snowfall.

In the Northeast, the storm is expected to be the biggest of the season with up to 18 inches expected in New York City, garnering a blizzard watch for the area and a winter storm warning for the rest of New England and Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @KatieHNix.



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