The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 12, 2013

Ashtabula to receive its first significant snowfall

Staff Writer

— This time it’s for real.

Despite Ashtabula’s close proximity to Lake Erie, the city will get a taste of the white stuff today.

“A cold front is going to turn this rain to snow and Ashtabula is going to get about 2 1/2-inches overnight,” said Kirk Lombardy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. “(Today) Ashtabula will get another inch or two, but maybe only an inch will stick to the roads.”

Motorists should be alert for rapidly changing conditions, he said.

“Seems like with the first snowfall, people forget how to drive in the snow,” he said. “Slow down.”

The National Weather Service also is forecasting snowy, blustery conditions and lows around 30 degrees for all of Ashtabula County, but it’s the first significant snowfall for Ashtabula residents.

Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties are under a lake-effect snow advisory to midnight Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Everyone is going to see flakes,” Lombardy said. “Squalls are likely on Tuesday.”

Dom Iarocci, superintendent of public services for the city of Ashtabula, said he hopes the city doesn’t get a huge amount of snow, but if it does, “we’re ready.”

Winds are expected to blow from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph, according to the Weather Service.

Snow showers will taper off Tuesday night, and the sun may shine on Wednesday with a high of 39 degrees expected for the area.