Forecasters warn residents should be prepared to break out their boots and shovels this weekend.
The National Weather Service is predicting anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow will fall tonight through Saturday afternoon east of Interstate 71. Residents living west of Interstate 71 could see 2 to 4 inches of snow.
The Weather Service, which has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Akron area, warns that in addition to steady snow, winds will gust up to 40 miles per hour, “significantly” impacting travel in the area with blowing and drifting snow.
A wind chill advisory remains in effect through noon today with wind chills ranging from 10 to 24 degrees below zero predicted.
Another round of snow is predicted Sunday afternoon through Monday.
Sunday’s snow will usher in another round of potentially dangerous cold temperatures. The high Monday will reach the low teens with a low around 10 degrees below zero.
Tuesday’s high will be in the single digits with the lows just shy of 10 below.
Take heart: The National Weather Service predicts it will reach a balmy 16 degrees by Thursday.