Anyone with a window can tell that Winter Storm Landon is here, and it's dropping significant amounts of ice on the Greater Cincinnati area.
The National Weather Service outpost in Wilmington has declared a large portion of Northern Kentucky and South Central Ohio to be under an ice storm warning.
And while the ice is making driving conditions treacherous — and local officials are imploring people to stay home and off the roads — the weather could change Thursday evening and into Friday.
[1140 am] Much of northern Kentucky and south central Ohio has been upgraded to an ice storm warning. We are expecting significant ice accumulations before there is a change to sleet and then snow. The ice accumulations will cause significant impacts across these areas. pic.twitter.com/QPAy2oKQqN— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) February 3, 2022
The NWS is predicting the current precipitation, a mix of sleet and freezing rain, will turn into snow Thursday afternoon and evening. They say the snow could be heavy at times, with a blustery wind.
The current winter storm warning, in effect until 7 a.m. Friday, says that there could be snowfall ranging from 2 to 4 inches. And the NWS map shows the area directly around Cincinnati could see more than 4 inches (4.4 inches to be exact) of total accumulation, with less snow falling to the South.
[11:10 AM] Travel conditions are bad and getting worse, so please restrict travel if you're able (and also to give crews room to clear the roads). Our snow map has been updated. pic.twitter.com/9wyPMO1a5R— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) February 3, 2022
Friday morning there's a 40% chance of precipitation with expected snowfall of less than half an inch.
The Hamilton County Sheriff has also just declared a Level 2 Snow Emergency for the county.
🚨 Update 🚨 We are now at a Level 2 Snow Emergency. Roads are hazardous and employees should check with their employer to see if they must report to work. Stay safe everyone. #HCSO #Traffic #Weather #SafetyFirst pic.twitter.com/hrwks9V4Vl— Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (@hcso_org) February 3, 2022