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Frigid arctic air mass to send temperatures plunging tonight and Tuesday

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An arctic cold front will move southward across the region today. Snow showers are likely across the area as temperatures fall.

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A frigid air mass will overspread northern Ohio tonight. Snow showers will gradually transition to lake effect snow showers overnight. While Lake Erie is mainly ice-covered now, the northerly winds will transport moisture from Lake Huron into the area, helping to enhance the snow showers.

Lake effect snow showers will continue across the eastern half of the area on Tuesday, while drier conditions are expected across the west. It will be very cold as arctic air continues to settle southward across the region.

It will remain very cold Tuesday night and Wednesday as high pressure begins to build across the area. A few snow showers will linger across the northeast through the period, but most locations should be dry. Clouds will increase across the region later Wednesday as a clipper approaches from the northwest.

Here is the forecast: For today, mostly cloudy with snow showers likely. Temperatures will rise to the mid 30s this morning, then fall sharply this afternoon. Winds NW 10-15 mph.

Tonight, mostly cloudy with snow showers likely. Lows 5 to 10. Winds N 10-15 mph. Wind chills 0 to -10.

Tuesday, mostly cloudy with snow showers likely, especially across the east. Highs will be around 10. Winds N 10-15 mph.

Tuesday night, mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Lows 0 to -5.

Wednesday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of a snow shower. Highs will reach the low teens.

Looking ahead: A clipper will bring a chance of snow to the area Wednesday night and Thursday. Lows Wednesday night will be around 0 with highs on Thursday 10 to 15 degrees.

High pressure will bring dry weather to the area Thursday night through Friday night with generally partly cloudy skies expected. Lows Thursday night will be around 0 with highs on Friday near 20. Lows Friday night will be around 10 degrees.

Another clipper will bring the threat of snow showers back to northern Ohio on Saturday. High temperatures will recover to the mid 20s.

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