Sunday, January 25, 2004

Winter storm forecast:
snow, ice, warmth, rain, snow

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Greater Cincinnati likely will be hit by one of the worst winter storms of the season today, even as it rebounds from a bitter cold snap that sent wind-chill temperatures below zero on Friday.

Temperatures will rise into the low 30s today, say forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington. But that good news could be buried by up to 3 inches of snow and a quarter-inch of freezing rain, starting this morning and continuing through this evening.

A winter storm warning - meaning that hazardous weather is imminent - is in effect for today, said Robin Gerhardt, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"We've got a warm front coming out of the southwest, but it will bring snow, rain, sleet and ice," Gerhardt said. "It will definitely make driving a hazard."

St. Louis Elementary in Owensville will be closed Monday because its heating system is out.

Temperatures Monday are expected to rise to about 40 degrees, with rain during the day turning to snow in the evening.

Meanwhile, gas service has been restored to nearly all of the 400 homes in Mason that lost service Friday afternoon, said Kathy Meinke, Cinergy spokeswoman.

As of Saturday afternoon, about 18 homes remained without gas, because no one was home.


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