December 21, 2014

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Heavy snowfall predicted for New Year’s Day

Snow falls in Elyria just in time for New Year's Eve. Heavy snowfall is predicted for New Year's Day. KARIE SPAETZEL/CHRONICLE

Snow falls in Elyria just in time for New Year’s Eve. Heavy snowfall is predicted for New Year’s Day. KARIE SPAETZEL/CHRONICLE

Those traveling for the New Year’s holiday may be in store for some heavy snow – as much as 5 to 9 inches, according to predictions from the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

New Year’s holiday travelers may see heavy snow — as much as 5 to 9 inches, according to predictions from the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

The heaviest snowfall will likely arrive tonight with 2 to 4 inches of snow possible, according to a winter storm watch issued by the service on Tuesday.

Northwest Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio are expected to see the most accumulation.

“There’s the potential to create hazardous driving conditions,” weather service meteorologist Tom King said.

Lorain County is expected to see between 4 and 8 inches tonight through about 4 p.m. Thursday, according to meteorologist Sarah Jamison. As cold air sweeps across Lake Erie, there is potential for lake effect snow. Jamison said winds have the potential to reach 10 to 20 mph Thursday. Wind chill may be minus 5 degrees Thursday.

The Weather Service warned residents to remain alert to rapidly changing weather conditions, and stay tuned to the Weather Service or local news media for updates.

Reporter Evan Goodenow contributed to this story.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.