Something big is coming. Just how big remains to be seen.

The National Weather Service warns that there is the potential for “significant” snow, sleet or ice or a combination of all three Friday afternoon into Saturday.

The region is under a winter storm watch Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

Thursday’s brief warm-up, which could bring flooding to rivers and streams, will give way to a stormy and perhaps memorable Friday.

The culprit is a combination of another wave of Arctic air colliding with a strong low pressure system somewhere over Ohio on Friday.

The Weather Channel has already dubbed the storm Hunter and is throwing around words like blizzard and big “mess” in describing the potential weather scenario.

The exact track of the center of the low pressure system will determine whether we are shoveling up to a foot of snow or chiseling out from a quarter of an inch of ice or wondering what all the fuss was about.

The weather service says “heavy mixed precipitation is possible” with anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow in the Akron area along with ice accumulations of around a tenth of an inch by the time things end Saturday.

Some unlucky locations in Northeast Ohio could end up with a foot of snow or a quarter of an inch of ice.

This will be an equal-opportunity storm starting with rain that changes over to freezing rain around 4 p.m. Friday in Akron. The weather service says the switch from freezing rain to snow is expected after 9 p.m. Friday in Akron.

The weather service says it is still too early to tell just how all this will shake out; the final depth of the snow and ice will depend on how quickly the temperatures fall and the exact track of the storm.

The weather service warns that thick ice could cause power outages and toppled trees.

Expected winds as the day progresses could complicate matters and lead to blowing and drifting snow Friday night.

“Travel could become dangerous, including the evening commute on Friday,” the weather service says.

Snow is expected to continue Saturday morning before tapering off. The high will be in the teens.

It will be sunny but cold Sunday with a high in the teens.

A chance of snow will return Monday with an expected high near 20.

Meanwhile, freezing rain Wednesday morning caused numerous crashes in Northeast Ohio, including a fatal accident in Ashland County.

Nicole Marie Myers, 23, of Ashland, was driving west on County Road 1302 about 8:30 a.m. when her Jeep went off the right side of the road, hit a tree and came to a stop in a grassy area.

Myers, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Craig Webb can be reached at or 330-996-3547.