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10:30 A.M. UPDATE: Several heavy bands of snow have pushed through Columbus and more moderate to heavy snow is likely through the early afternoon hours. These heavier bands will result in storm total snow accumulations ranging between three and five inches across most of central Ohio. Isolated locations could recieve slightly higher amounts. Roads will remain very hazardous even after the snow stops later this afternoon. Winds will increase and cause heavy blowing snow which will cause roads to turn icy once again.

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A cold front will drop through the Ohio Valley tonight as an area of low pressure develops along it bringing a good bet for accumulating snow to the region. For that reason, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all of central Ohio.

Clouds will increase tonight and snow will develop after 3 a.m. meaning the morning commute will be impacted. The good aspect to this round of snow is the temperature. It will be hovering right around freezing to start off the day on Thursday which means salt will be at maximum efficiency. Even with that, expect delays during the morning commute as snow could be heavy at times while it falls and roads could turn slick. The salt crews will likely have a hard time getting through all of the roads during the heavier snow when traffic is backed up.

Storm total snowfall amounts will range between one and three inches. Isolated locations may receive just over three inches with even higher amounts north of the city.

The snow will taper off throughout the afternoon hours although some light snow showers may persist. Winds will pick up behind the storm system with gusts of 25 to 35 mph possible. This could cause significant blowing snow which combined with falling temperatures may create dangerous road conditions for the evening commute and nighttime.

Lows will fall down into the upper single digits by Friday morning. This will cause wind chill values to drop below zero so bundle up! Expect a high of only 18 degrees by Friday afternoon.

We will see a brief warm up for the weekend before a potentially brutal shot of arctic air next week. Highs will top the 30s on Saturday and Sunday. A very large storm system will move through Ohio Sunday afternoon bringing a chance for rain and snow. The exact track of the storm will determine who see accumulating snow and who sees mostly rain. Stay tuned for updates!

Temperatures could tumble well below zero next week which may be historic cold for Columbus! Be prepared for some extreme cold over the next 5-10 days.

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