If you plan on going out to celebrate New Year’s in northwest Ohio you may want to beat feet home right after midnight.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick Murphy predicts bad weather will start early Friday morning.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Murphy said. “Precipitation will start late with rain, snow and sleet — probably won’t have any of that until after midnight, though.”

Sometime between midnight and 8 a.m. Friday, he expects an ice storm with 25 mph winds. “It could be a lengthy period of freezing rain stretching into the afternoon,” he said.

“We’re looking at a tenth to a quarter inch of ice,” he said. “Of course, any untreated surfaces could become extremely hazardous and the wind gusts could bring potential power issues.

“Overall, it’s not expected to be an extreme storm,” he said. “Temperatures will gradually increase above freezing Friday afternoon. That will help but it won’t be immediate.

“We expect travel conditions to be difficult but most people shouldn’t have to commute to work on New Year’s Day,” he said.

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