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Brutal cold, rain, and snow in the forecast

A major winter storm will impact the Ohio Valley on Sunday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect due to the risk for snow which may cause icy roads Sunday night.

Brutal cold
Mike Groenke

Saturday night will remain quiet and not as cold thanks to winds out of the south. Expect lows in the upper 20s by Sunday morning. Clouds will thicken overnight ahead of the approaching area of low pressure. Scattered light snow showers will be possible by morning with a dusting of snow possible in some locations.

The area of low pressure causing all of this is now forecast to head just west of Columbus. This will pull a surge of warm air up into the state ahead of the impending arctic air. This means that a brief mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain may occur around lunch time Sunday although significant accumulations are not likely.

Expect scattered showers through the afternoon with the best threat for rain happening in the early evening hours. This rain will be associated with an arctic cold front that will plummet the temperature Sunday night very quickly. Some light snow is possible as the temperature falls which is why the forecast is calling for up to an inch or inch and a half of snow accumulation. If the precipitation moves out too fast, little if any snow will accumulate. It should be noted that if the storm tracks a little more east that expected, snow accumulations will increase but that does not appear very likely at this time.

Extreme Arctic Cold to Start Next Week:

The biggest weather headline could be a potentially historic round of cold weather to start off next week. This may be the coldest weather in 20 years for central Ohio.

Behind the weather system on Sunday, an extremely cold air mass will quickly rush in and drop the temperature to near 0 by Monday morning. Temperatures will remain steady or even drop colder below zero throughout the afternoon. Lows on Monday night could reach at least the minus teens with a 5-10 mph wind making it feel colder than 25-30 below zero! The actual air temperature on Tuesday may not even make it above zero. A Wind Chill WARNING is now in effect from Sunday night through Tuesday.

This type of cold is not something seen often in central Ohio. School closings, dead car batteries, and bursting pipes are all real possibilities so prepare now! Stay with for the latest forecast updates.

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