Staff Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer says area citizens should prepare for extreme winter weather in the near future with seldom-seen dangerously low temperatures settling in.
Horstmeyer says to expect freezing rain beginning in the morning on Sunday with snow starting later in the day and accumulating 4 to 6 inches in the area.
The coldest weather will then be moving in with Monday afternoon temperatures expected to be well below zero and a high no warmer than -5.
A big chill will settle in by Tuesday morning seeing temperatures of 10 to 20 below zero and area wind chills of 40 to 45 below zero, something Horstmeyer says is very dangerous territory.
He says the combination of snow on Sunday and low temperatures coming later poses serious safety risks to anybody outdoors.
Listen to Staff Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer talk about the winter weather over the next few days
In preparation for the arctic blast, homeowners are urged to take proper action against water pipes freezing. He also says people need be ready in case they are stuck in their vehicle and must walk to shelter in the dangerous conditions.
Arctic conditions are not extremely rare in Ohio, but Horstmeyer says the last time temperatures have dipped so low was the mid-1990’s.