City of Columbus leaders are encouraging residents to exercise extreme caution and patience when traveling over the next several days.
Heavy snow is predicted to hit the Columbus region through tonight, Jan. 11, 2024, and much of early Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. Widespread blowing snow is expected between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., with a low around 1 and wind chill values as low as -17, according to the National Weather Service. Total nighttime snow accumulation could be anywhere between 5 and 9 inches.
On Friday, 1-2 more inches of snow is expected before 10 a.m., with much of it blowing. The high will be near 8, with wind chill values as low as -20. It is expected to be blustery, with northwest winds up to 21-23 mph and gusts as high as 32 mph.
The National Weather Service has a Wind Chill Advisory in effect from midnight Jan. 12, until noon on Jan. 12.
A Wind Chill Warning will be in effect from 9 p.m. Jan. 12 until noon on Jan. 16.
A Winter Storm Warning took effect at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 and will last through 9 p.m. Jan. 12.
"Please be advised that with the current weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow, road conditions are only going deteriorate. Winter anti-icing and winter de-icing products lose their thawing abilities as temperatures drop," City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said.
"With the heavy snow fall and gusty winds, travel will be challenging, to say the least. Please use caution if you must go out, slow down and allow extra time for travel time while traveling on ice and snow covered roads. NDOT 511 is a great source for road conditions outside of city limits. Crews will be out monitoring road conditions throughout the night."
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