Thursday, December 31, 1998

Tristate gets first snowfall

Ice, more snow in holiday forecast

BY The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Tristaters woke up to the first snowfall of the season - about 2-3 inches fell overnight - and more may be on its way this weekend.

        The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, is predicting scattered flurries today and a chance of snow and rain over the weekend as an arctic cold front arrives.

        Today should be quite chilly, with lows dipping to 14 and highs peaking at 24. It may be partly sunny early Friday, but snow is expected later in the day as the storm system arrives.

        “It could get a little tricky out there, especially for motorists,” said Mark Tobin, a meteorologist with Accu-Weather Inc.

        Rain could create icy conditions Saturday, followed by snow on Sunday. The region could have several inches by Monday.

        Forecasters are calling for as much as 10 inches of snow in Illinois and Iowa. And motorists were urged to use caution near Cleveland and Gary, Ind., where heavy “lake-effect” snow was expected.

        Those traveling for the holiday should take precautions, warned Ginny Hizer, spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association in Cincinnati. Winter weather and holiday celebrations can be a lethal mix for motorists.

        “Driving in inclement weather is already dangerous enough,” she said. “You don't have to increase the risk with bad decisions, especially by drinking and driving.”

        Ms. Hizer urged motorists to carry emergency kits, blankets, gloves, sand and shovel, to add extra time for the trip, and to check weather reports along their routes.

        Word of the impending snow was good news for some.

        “Finally,” said Samuel Ridder, owner of Ridder Works, a Walnut Hills landscaping firm that removes snow from parking lots and driveways.

        Landscaping has kept him busy lately, but he hopes for enough snow this weekend to put his plows to work. Weather Page
National outlook from Associated Press

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