The National Weather Service in Wilmington this morning issued a Winter Storm Watch late Saturday through Monday afternoon for the entire Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.
A prolonged winter storm expected to bring a messy wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and more than 6 inches of snow in and around downtown Cincinnati. Areas to the north in Butler and Warren counties could see as much as 9 inches to a foot of snow.
At this point, the heaviest sleet and then snow is expected to blanket the region Sunday night through morning rush hour Monday. Travel difficulties are likely, especially early Monday, according to the weather service. An inch of snow mixed with a slight chance of rain is in the forecast early Saturday through 3 p.m.
Analysis via Larry Handley/WCPO: Bottom line - A significant winter storm is taking shape that will move into the Tri-State Sunday with the worst of the conditions arriving Sunday night through Monday. It will start with rain, sleet and wet snow Sunday with minor accumulations but slick roads are expected. Travel conditions go rapidly downhill Sunday night as sleet and freezing rain slowly turn to snow. By Monday, accumulating snow will become the culprit with the models showing 6 inches to up to a foot. The ultimate totals will be highly dependent on the type of precipitation and the duration so those totals could vary greatly.