CINCINNATI — Wind chills in the single digits were reported in parts of the state on Monday as the first full week of the new year began with plummeting temperatures and heavy snow expected in some areas.
The thermometer dropped into the teens over much of the state, after weekend temperatures in the 50s. Wind chills already were in the single digits in Dayton, Columbus and other parts of Ohio by Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Temperatures were expected to drop into the single digits later this week, with wind chills below zero in some areas.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were in effect from Monday night through Tuesday morning for much of Ohio, and some light snow already had fallen in northern Ohio.
The National Weather Service said snowfall was expected Monday night across much of the state, including along the Lake Erie shoreline in northern Ohio. But the heavier snow forecast earlier for much of northwestern and northeastern Ohio was expected to fall south of those areas as the front bringing the cold and snow shifted farther south.
Forecasters were predicting 3 to 6 inches of snow in parts of central Ohio and possibly as far south as Butler and Warren counties in southwestern Ohio. A winter storm warning extended through a swath of the state mostly south of Columbus and north of Cincinnati. Snowfall was expected to begin tapering off Tuesday morning.
Accumulations and reduced visibility will create hazardous travel conditions around Ohio, especially for Tuesday morning commuters, said Brian Coniglio, a meteorologist with the weather service's Wilmington office.
"But roads will remain hazardous even after the snow ends because of the cold," he said.