CLEVELAND -- A winter weather advisory is in effect from 5 p.m. today through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service in Cleveland, snow will begin to blanket the area around 5 p.m. potentially making the commute home difficult.

Snow accumulations are expected to total between two to four inches across the area and increase tonight before tapering to scattered snow showers Tuesday. Another four to eight inches is forecast to fall by Wednesday.

"Low pressure will track through the Ohio Valley on Monday with widespread snow developing from west to east across the area into Monday night. Northeast winds across Lake Erie will enhance snowfall totals downwind of the Lake where the highest accumulations are expected," states the forecast, issued 10:46 a.m. on Monday.

The low is expected to weaken as it moves toward the east coast Tuesday as it merges with a stronger low moving northward up the Atlantic Coast.

Northerly winds will increase Tuesday with gusts to 35 mph near Lake Erie, contributing to blowing and drifting of the newly fallen snow.

Residents can sign up for free local alerts from the Macedonia Police Department by texting Zip Code 44056 to 888-777. Local alerts will be sent by the Nixle service directly to one's cell phone through this service, including road closures and other important information.