Low pressure will develop today and track into the lower Ohio Valley this afternoon. The low will intensify as it tracks northeast into western Ohio tonight and across Lake Erie Tuesday morning. Clouds will increase across our area today as the system approaches.
Snow will break out from west to east across the area tonight. A brief period of freezing rain and sleet will be possible across the south. A period of very heavy snowfall is possible overnight as an area of strong lift and deep moisture crosses the area.
Winds will also increase late tonight and become quite gusty. This will cause some blowing and drifting of the snow.
The snow will taper off Tuesday morning with only lingering snow showers expected during the afternoon. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches can be expected with this system.
High pressure will bring a return to fair weather across the region Tuesday night and Wednesday as temperatures begin to moderate.
Here is the forecast: For today, increasing clouds with a chance of snow late in the day. Highs will be in the upper 20s. Winds SE 10-15 mph.
Tonight, windy with snow likely, possibly mixed with sleet or freezing rain across the south. The snow could be heavy at times. Lows will be in the low to mid 20s. Winds S/SW 20-35 mph with higher gusts.
Tuesday, mostly cloudy with snow during the morning, tapering to snow showers by afternoon. Highs will be in the low to mid 30s. Winds SW 15-25 mph.
Tuesday night, partly cloudy with lows in the low to mid 20s.
Wednesday, partly sunny with highs in the mid 30s.
Looking ahead: A strong cold front will move across the area Thursday. Mild air will surge northward across the area ahead of the front. It will be cloudy with rain likely, especially after noon. Highs will reach the mid to upper 40s.
The rain will taper off on Friday with skies becoming partly cloudy. Highs will reach the low 40s.
Saturday will feature mostly cloudy skies with highs around 40 degrees.