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A cold front over the Great Lakes will move southeastward, reaching Lake Erie tonight where it will stall. A wave of low pressure will move northeast along the front Friday and Friday night bringing widespread rainfall to the area.

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As the low pressure system moves east of the area late Friday night or early Saturday, the front will be pulled southward across the area. A much stronger system will develop across the southern Plains Saturday, and move northeastward into the eastern Great Lakes on Sunday. The front will return northward as a warm front on Saturday, ushering in warmer and more humid air. Heavy rain will become increasingly likely on Saturday as deep moisture streams across the area ahead of the approaching system. The combination of heavy rain and rapid snow melt could lead to flooding problems this weekend.

The forecast: For today, it will be partly to mostly cloudy with highs reaching the low 40s. Winds SW 10-20 mph.

Tonight, cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be in the mid to upper 30s. Winds S 10-20 mph.

Friday, cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be in the mid 40s. Winds S 10-20 mph.

Friday night, cloudy with rain likely through the evening, then tapering to showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 30s.

Saturday will be cloudy with a chance of showers during the morning. Then, rain developing during the afternoon. The rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the mid 40s.

Looking ahead: Low pressure will move through the eastern Great Lakes on Sunday. It will be cloudy with rain, heavy at times, Saturday night through Sunday. Lows Saturday night will be in the low 40s with highs on Sunday in the upper 50s to low 60s.

A strong cold front will sweep across the area Sunday night with rain showers changing to snow showers. Lows will fall back to the low to mid 20s.

Lake effect snow showers will persist Monday and Monday night with partly cloudy skies expected on Tuesday. High temperatures both days will reach the mid to upper 20s.

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