Enjoy the Christmas weather today in Ohio, because things could be getting nasty for travelers on Wednesday.
Northeast winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, accompanied with a wintry mix of snow and sleet, is expected to roll out of the Plains states and hit the Lima region around 3 a.m. Wednesday. The wind will last throughout most of the day with snow accumulations anywhere from 3 to 6 inches by day’s end.
It is the gusting winds that could be most problematic, causing slippery driving conditions for Wednesday travelers, the National Weather Service said.
“Motorists need to be checking the weather before traveling any distance Wednesday so they know what’s ahead of them,” a spokesperson for the Ohio Highway Patrol said.
While Ohioans will celebrate Christmas under partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid- to low 30s, the South is bracing for strong tornadoes and howling thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to north Florida.
The storms could bring strong tornadoes or winds of more than 75 mph, heavy rain, quarter-sized hail and dangerous lightning in Louisiana and Mississippi, the National Weather Service said. The greatest risk is in areas north of Interstates 10 and 12, with the worst storms likely along and southeast of a line from Winnsboro, La., to Jackson and DeKalb, Miss., according to the weather service’s Jackson office.
Much of Oklahoma and Arkansas remains under a winter storm warning, with freezing rain, sleet and snow expected on Christmas. A blizzard watch is out for western Kentucky. No matter what form it takes, travel today could be dangerous, meteorologists said.