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A little snow today and tonight, warmer with rain showers Saturday

A cold front will move across northern Ohio today, then stall across the area. Light snow is likely, especially this afternoon as the front moves into the area.

Daily weather summary graphics created by your Youngstown Weather Examiner
Daily weather summary graphics created by your Youngstown Weather Examiner
Jason Warren
Forecast Map: January 31, 2014
Jason Warren

Patchy light snow will be possible this evening, then low pressure developing across Oklahoma will spread steady snow back across the area after midnight as it approaches the lower Ohio Valley. Snow will continue into Saturday morning, then change to freezing rain, sleet, and eventually rain before noon. Rain showers are likely Saturday afternoon as temperatures warm well above freezing.

The low pressure system will track through the Ohio Valley, to western Lake Erie by Saturday night. The system will pull a cold front eastward across the area Saturday night. A band of steady rain will accompany the front. As temperatures fall later Saturday night, rain will briefly change over to snow before ending.

High pressure will build across the area Sunday. Lingering snow showers will be possible, mainly during the morning.

Here is the forecast: For today, cloudy with a chance of snow this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 30s. Winds SW 5-10 mph.

Tonight, cloudy with snow likely, especially after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 20s. Winds SW 5-10 mph.

Saturday, a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will change to rain during the morning with rain showers likely during the afternoon. Highs will climb to the low to mid 40s. Winds SE 10-20 mph.

Saturday night, rain likely through the evening, then rain changing to snow after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s.

Sunday, mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Temperatures will hold steady in the mid to upper 20s.

Looking ahead: High pressure will maintain control of the weather on Monday. It will be partly sunny with highs in the mid 20s.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, models have been consistent in showing a major storm system moving northeastward through the Ohio Valley. The track of the storm will be critical in determining what type of precipitation falls across our area. At this time, the models favor snow both days. Highs are forecast to be in the upper 20s both days.


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