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Central Ohio Is About To Get Frozen By An Extreme Arctic Winter Storm

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Folks, we just experienced the largest 12-hour temperature drop in ever recorded in Columbus:

Level 2 and 3 snow emergencies have been declared throughout the central Ohio region:


I hope you all have your bread, milk, and eggs ready. It’s winter weather time.

That’s right folks. A winter storm is blowing into town and by the end of the week, we could see snow on the ground here in Columbus. What’s going to sting however are the temps. The National Weather Service has issued both a Hazardous Weather Outlook, a Winter Storm Watch (December 22, 07:00 PM EST until December 23, 05:00 PM EST), and a Wind Chill Watch (December 23, 01:00 AM EST until December 24, 04:00 AM EST) from Thursday-Friday.

The Hazardous Weather Outlook warns that our area will see wind chills in the 10 below to 30 below range along with possibly 1-3 inches of snow. Winds could gust up to 45-50 MPH. Fingers crossed that AEP has been trimming those trees this year.

So what does that mean for us?

It’s going to get very cold, very quickly:

No, really, this is historically notable levels of wind chill. Being outside is going to hurt and everyone needs a plan in case the power fails.

Here are previews of the winter storm sweeping through:

This is an arctic blast we should all take seriously:

We’ve had a pretty mild go of it here, but if this is a preview for the rest of winter … yikes. Click here to see what the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting for winter 2022 – 2023.

When it comes to staying warm and safe during a storm like this, there are a few things you can do in preparation. If you have an essential job that you have to head out for during the storm, you’ll obviously be concerned with road safety.

It’s also a good idea to keep some supplies in your car, should you find yourself in a situation where you’re stranded in your vehicle. Emergency kits for your car should include blankets, hand warmers, first aid kits, and more.

If you’re at home, you can enjoy the beauty of the falling snow from the coziness of your own home. It’s always a good idea to charge electronics and have extra candles on hand, just in case the power goes out.

To stay up to date with the winter storm, you can visit the National Weather Service website or follow them on Twitter. Stay safe out there, Columbus.