Cincinnati Expected to See Freezing Rain Wednesday Night, Thursday Morning

The National Weather Service in Wilmington continues to forecast wintry conditions.

click to enlarge The National Weather Service in Wilmington continues to forecast wintry conditions for Greater Cincinnati this week. - Photo: Folco Masi, Unsplash
Photo: Folco Masi, Unsplash
The National Weather Service in Wilmington continues to forecast wintry conditions for Greater Cincinnati this week.

One weather prediction was right for this week. Now Cincinnati is bracing for another one to come true.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington continues to forecast wintry conditions for Greater Cincinnati this week.

On Monday, the NWS warned of rain for Monday and Tuesday, adding a flood watch through Tuesday night. In a forecast discussion, meteorologists said that the rain combined with already-saturated ground from previous precipitation rounds presented a concern.

The NWS also said on Feb. 21 that temperatures would drop into the 30s or 40s on Wednesday, meteorologists predict, with more precipitation that night and a possible mix of ice, sleet or snow on Thursday morning. Significant precipitation — likely freezing rain or sleet — would occur again Thursday afternoon or evening, they added.

As of Wednesday morning, meteorologists are doubling down on that.

In a Feb. 23 tweet, the NWS says that "a wintry mix of precipitation" will develop Wednesday night and Thursday morning, leading to slick conditions. In a published discussion, forecasters add that ice may develop and a winter weather advisory may be issued later.
The storm system will continue to push precipitation through Friday morning, with the weekend looking much more dry, meteorologists say.

Greater Cincinnati's last big bout of icy precipitation happened Feb. 2-4, when Winter Storm Landon dropped several inches of snow, many energy customers were without electricity and most of Cincinnati shut down to deal with icy conditions.

Cincinnati residents can monitor main and neighborhood roads in real-time through the city's snow plow tracker. The tracker shows the time of the most recent treatment, and the data is searchable by time range, street name and neighborhood.    

Residents can also call the Department of Public Services at 513-591-6000 to get street information or provide information about weather-related incidents on the roads.

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