The light dusting of snow many woke to see Friday morning did not scream its message.
Instead, it whispered words that all can hear: Winter is coming.
Tiffany Miller, 34, of Spencer, said the coating of white stuff was a welcomed surprise for her children.
“They woke up saying, ‘It’s Christmas,’’’ Miller said.
Miller quickly snapped a picture of the first snowfall as Mason, 7, and Lilly, 4, played in the front yard.
Halloween pumpkins still adorned their front porch.
A request by the Medina Gazette via Facebook for snow pictures showed accumulation was not uniform.
From a light dusting in Seville to a snow-covered porch in Wadsworth and barely a trace in Granger Township, the snow seemed to pick and choose its victims.
This weekend could be much of the same.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance of snow showers returning after 9 a.m. today. The day will be mostly cloudy with a high near 33 degrees. Tonight, mostly cloudy conditions with a low near 22.
Temperatures may climb to a high of near 39 for Veterans Day and snow showers once again are likely for Monday night when the low will dip to about 30 degrees.
So what did everyone think of the first snow of the year season?
Avery Bowen, 3, of Creston, couldn’t wait to have some prewinter fun.
“She went out in her jammies,” said her mother, Lisa Bowen.
Tracey Reinecke of Hinckley Township said snow is better than being all wet.
“I would rather have snow than rain,” she said.
Now that it’s here, let’s talk about the extended winter forecast.
According to the annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Winter Outlook, there is a 70 percent to 75 percent chance of El Nino forming over the next couple of months and lasting through this winter.
What does that mean? The winter season will start off mild for most of the region before colder weather hits in January and February.
Are you ready for winter?
Nov. 11-17 is set aside as Winter Safety Awareness Week.
During that week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said residents should update safety plans, replenish emergency kit supplies and prepare themselves, their vehicles and property for winter-related incidents.
“Remember — winter safety isn’t just being prepared for cold, snow and ice,” said Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick in a statement. “In February of this year, 22 counties received a federal disaster declaration for flooding. So, during (winter safety awareness) week, check your homeowners or renters insurance. Consider purchasing flood insurance. Prepare for severe weather now, before winter officially begins.”
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