Jim Carney

A major snowstorm appears headed our way Sunday into Monday.

While the National Weather Service in Cleveland said it is still too early to make a snowfall estimate, other weather prognosticators are not shying away from forecasting doom.

AccuWeather is predicting 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall Sunday through Monday in the Akron area.

The Weather Channel, meanwhile, has dubbed the storm “Titan” and will only say that more than half of a foot of snow will fall in Northeast Ohio with a significant ice storm in southern Ohio.

The folks at Weather Underground are forecasting 11 to 18 inches of snow Sunday through Monday in Akron. The same group says there could be 5 to 11 inches at the Akron-Canton Airport just a bit farther south.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kristen Schepel in Cleveland said a system that will move into the area Sunday could be significant.

“It will probably last until Monday afternoon,” she said.

The reason, she said, the weather service is not yet offering a snowfall prediction is because it is their policy to await until 48 hours before the first flake or raindrop will fall.

“[Weather] models don’t do well past 48 hours out,” she said. “What I am saying is we are on the northern periphery of it. Depending on what tract this storm decides to take, we could get a lot of show or a little snow.”

There is just too much “uncertainty” this far out, she said, to make an accurate prediction.

The only glimpse of weather hope offered by the weather service will come Saturday when temperatures are expected to flirt with the 40s before plummeting again on Sunday and Monday.

Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or jcarney@thebeaconjournal.com.