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Winter Storm

Severe winter weather affects all parts of Ohio. A winter storm occurs when precipitation (snow or sleet) forms at cold temperatures or when the ground temperature is cold enough where ice forms (freezing rain). Accumulations of snow and ice often make conditions hazardous to motorists and pedestrians. Ice storms and heavy snow fall may cause power and telecommunication outages, disrupting activities for days. While Ohio residents and governments are accustomed to handling winter storm events, occasional extreme events can make conditions dangerous and disruptive.

For more information, see the section on winter storms in the State Hazard Mitigation Plan: Section 2.4

Reference Links

Snow Data Assimilation System (SNODAS)

View this modeling and data assimilation system developed to provide the best possible estimates of snow cover and associated parameters to support hydrologic modeling and analysis.

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

Use this Storm Event database to find various types of storms recorded in your county or use other selection criteria as desired.

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)

CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).