UPDATED — see below
Truth be told, Richland County residents have been spoiled a bit over the last couple of years, snow-wise.
That luck may be about to change.
Weather experts are sharing tidings of Winter Storm Tabitha, which is set to arrive in our neck of the woods on Monday morning. Between then and Tuesday afternoon, heavy snow is possible here. In the Mansfield area, that translates into 5 to 9 inches of the white stuff.
Obviously, that kind of snowfall will have a major impact on travel. Morning and evening commutes may be impacted then, and for as long as that heavy snow remains unmelted. That may be awhile, as the next day with forecast highs at freezing or above is Thursday.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Cleveland, and the chance of snow on Monday is now at 100%.
The snow will be accompanied by lower temperatures, with Tuesday’s projected low being just 2 degrees.
1812Blockhouse will have updates on this weather story as Monday nears.
UPDATE (Sunday, noon): The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Storm Warning from 1 AM on Monday to 1 PM on Tuesday. Two rounds of snow are expected across the area with one on Monday morning and a second round Monday night into Tuesday morning. The first round of snow on Monday morning will bring 2 to 4 inches of snow. The second round of snow on Monday night will be heavier with 4 to 8 inches of snow. Total snowfall by Tuesday afternoon will be in excess of 8 inches within the warning areas. Bands of heavier snowfall may set up across northern Ohio on Monday night and allow for isolated higher snowfall amounts. Cold temperatures with highs in the teens to lower 20s and lows in the teens to single digits along with northerly winds to 10 mph may allow for wind chills to drop to the single digits or near zero across the region.