Disruptions in terrain — such as hills, mountains and water — often result in disruptions in how well weather models perform.
"These computer models like flat, consistent ground. Areas like the plains and even most of the eastern half of the United States is where weather models tend to be more accurate," Collar said.
Winter Storm Watch for southwest Miami Valley early Saturday; accumulation likely
This uncertainty also leads to uncertainty as to how much snow we could see, if any at all. Once this storm moves off the Rocky Mountains, we expect models to come into better agreement as to what will happen. This has been the case the majority of the time in the past.
UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m. from Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell:
The storm for Saturday is expected to take a more southern track, now that the storm has crossed the Rocky Mountains and a clearer picture of the storm’s path is available from weather models.
“The storm will clip the far southern Miami Valley but the heaviest snow looks to stay south at this time,” Elwell said.
While some light snow is possible in this area Saturday, the heavy snow looks to set up between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
“If you are traveling toward the Cincinnati area, you should use extreme caution as heavy snow will be possible near the Ohio River,” Elwell said, adding the chance for the storm to turn north is low.
Snow totals for the Dayton metro may be around 1 inch or less.
Little or no snow is expected north of Dayton. However, several inches of snow will be possible in southern Butler, Warren and Clinton counties.