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Becoming windy with areas of blowing snow this afternoon

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Arctic air will remain in place across the region today. High pressure will provide most areas with partly sunny skies today. Winds will increase this afternoon with gusts in excess of 30 mph possible and this could cause some blowing and drifting of the snow already on the ground.

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A cold front will move southward toward the area tonight. Winds will continue to increase ahead of this front. Snow will beak out tonight as well, with bursts of heavy snow possible after midnight.

Snow and blowing snow will continue through the day Saturday. The snow will transition to lake effect snow showers Saturday night.

On Sunday, another clipper system will move across the Great Lakes. Clouds will quickly thicken up Sunday morning, with snow developing Sunday afternoon.

Here is the forecast: For today, partly cloudy with areas of blowing snow this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid teens. Winds SW and increasing to 15-25 mph with higher gusts. Wind chills -10 to -20.

Tonight, windy with snow developing overnight along with widespread blowing snow. Lows will be around 10. Winds SW 20-30 mph with gusts in excess of 45 mph possible. Wind chills -10 to -20.

Saturday, windy with snow and blowing snow. Highs will be in the low 20s. Winds SW shifting to NW 15-25 mph with higher gusts. Wind chills 0 to -15.

Saturday night, windy with a chance of snow showers along with widespread blowing snow. Low around 0.

Sunday, mostly cloudy early, then becoming cloudy with snow likely during the afternoon. Highs will be around 20 degrees.

Looking ahead: Another arctic blast will overspread the region Sunday night through Tuesday. It will be partly cloudy with a chance of snow showers, especially across the snow belt, through the period. Lows Sunday night will be around 5 with highs on Monday around 10. Lows Monday night will fall to -5 to -10 with highs on Tuesday around 5.

Tuesday night will be partly cloudy with lows around -10.

On Wednesday, high pressure will build overhead. It will be partly sunny with highs around 10 degrees.

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