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Get ready for another extremely cold night across all of central Ohio. Lows are going to be flirting with the goose egg mark once again. If winds are able to calm down, temperatures may even plummet below zero. However, the latest indications are that the winds will stay up just enough to keep the air mixed and slightly warmer. Regardless, prepare for temperatures near 0 out the door on Friday and wind chills down to 15 below zero. For that reason, a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect.

Clouds will begin to increase on Friday as a very strong weather system moves through southern Canada. This area of low pressure will swing a cold front through our area Friday night. Ahead of it, very gusty southwest winds of up to 35 mph will be possible during the afternoon and evening hours. That means even as temperatures climb into the upper teens by late afternoon, the wind chill could remain near or below zero.

The cold front will move through Friday night and bring with it another round of accumulating snow. Another two to four inches appear likely along with strong winds which will combine to produce near white-out conditions at times. The good news is that this will all occur after midnight Friday night and wrap up Saturday morning.

If you have plans that take you out past midnight Friday, use extreme caution as roads will become very hazardous due to the snow and very low visibility. The heaviest snow will wrap up by 10 a.m. on Saturday, but lighter snow showers may persist. Wind gusts between 25 and 35 mph will continue as well meaning that blowing snow will be a big concern throughout the entire day. Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 20s for the much of the day on Saturday with wind chills in the single digits.

Another round of brutal cold is growing more likely for next week:

An area of low pressure will slide through southern Michigan on Sunday bringing some light to moderate accumulating snow to Ohio early Sunday afternoon. Warmer air will briefly be drawn up from the south late in the day causing highs to soar into the upper 30s. This will be quickly replaced by frigid air Sunday night as a strong cold front moves through.

Behind that arctic front, another round of brutal cold is starting to appear more likely. Lows could dip well below zero Monday night with wind chill readings possibly below -20F again. This cold will last through Wednesday before we gradually warm up by the end of next week. Stay with examiner.com for the latest on snow chances and the risk for more extreme cold.

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