Heaviest snowfall on Saturday; more on Sunday in Stark County.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of Ohio, including Stark, Wayne and Holmes counties in this area.

"(The) heaviest snow will fall from late morning into the early evening on Saturday," according to the warning, effective from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday.


While Friday's forecast calls for overcast skies in the Akron-Canton area and a high temperature of 34 degrees, the weather service is listing a 100 percent chance of "heavy snow" from Winter Storm Harper on Saturday with a possible daytime accumulation of 3 to 7 inches, and an additional 3 to 5 inches Saturday night.

It'll also be windy.

The temperature is expected to drop Saturday night to just 16 degrees, but it'll be "blustery" with winds out of the north at 18 to 21 mph and gusts as high as 33 mph, the weather service website shows. The strong winds are expected to continue Sunday, but the temperature is not expected to rise above 16 before falling to 3 degrees Sunday night with an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow.

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Monday's temperatures are expected to remain low, but the high Tuesday could reach 37 degrees.

The winter storm warning includes a notation that winds could gust up to 40 mph and wind chills could plummet to 15 degrees below zero.

At 12:30 a.m. Friday, the Akron-Canton Airport was showing fog or mist with a temperature at 34 degrees and winds out of the west at 10 mph for a wind chill reading of 26 degrees.

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