MANSFIELD -- You can't say we didn't warn you earlier this week. It's about to get downright wintry out there.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Richland County and all of north central Ohio, in effect from Friday night through late Sunday night.
It's no wonder local grocery markets, gas stations and convenience stores have been bustling like a toy store on Christmas Eve. Once the storm hits, travel could become difficult, if not downright impossible.
Heavy snow, with total accumulations of 10 to 15 inches, will be accompanied by wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour, during the period.
Dubbed Winter Storm Harper, the deep low pressure system will move through the region, with heavy snow expected to begin after midnight Friday, becoming heavy through the late morning and beginning to taper off early Sunday.
The high temperature Saturday will be 29 and then start cooling rapidly. The high Sunday will reach only 17 and then dip to 4-below on Sunday night.
Richland Public Health has posted information to help local residents prepare for winter storms just like the one bearing down on us. Stay with the Richland Source for updated weather information. And watch for emergency snow level road updates from the Richland County Sheriff's Department.