New year begins with low temperatures, heavy snow in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — The first full week of the new year began Monday with plummeting temperatures and heavy snow expected in some parts of Ohio.

After weekend temperatures in the 50s, the thermometer dropped into the teens by Monday morning for much of the state, with single digits predicted later in the week.

A winter storm watch was in effect from Monday evening through Tuesday morning for much of Ohio, and some light snow was reported in northern Ohio on Monday.

The National Weather Service said heavier snowfall was expected Monday night across much of the state, including in Defiance, Fulton and Henry counties in northwestern Ohio and Ashtabula and Erie counties in northeastern Ohio. Varying amounts of snow also were predicted in Cincinnati, central Ohio, the Cleveland area and farther east in Youngstown.

Forecasters were predicting 4 to 6 inches of snow in parts of northern and central Ohio and possibly as far south as Butler and Warren counties in southwestern Ohio. Snowfall was expected to begin tapering off Tuesday morning.

Accumulations and reduced visibility will create hazardous travel conditions around Ohio, especially for Tuesday morning commuters, said Brian Coniglio, a meteorologist with the weather service's Wilmington office.

"But roads will remain hazardous even after the snow ends because of the cold," he said.