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It is amazing how just a couple inches of snow can really snarl a morning commute! After a slippery drive to work, you probably noticed much better conditions on the way home. Still be on the lookout for isolated patches of ice that may re-freeze overnight into the early morning hours on Wednesday.

One of the reasons the snow wreaked so much havoc this morning was the cold weather. It hit while the temperature was only around 20 degrees meaning salt did not perform at full efficiency. Lows tonight will actually drop into the lower teens! Any breeze at all will easily make it feel like near zero by tomorrow morning. Bundle up as you head to work or school.

Highs will be slightly warmer on Wednesday thanks to a southerly breeze ahead of an advancing cold front. That front could bring a stray snow shower or two during the late afternoon hours but nothing significant is expected.

The coldest night this week will be Wednesday night as lows drop into the single digits area wide. Some outlying locations may even make a run for 0 degrees. Consequently, highs on Thursday will also be quite cold topping out only in the lower 20s.

A warm up will commence for Friday and we may even eclipse the freezing mark during the “warmest” part of the afternoon. All eyes then turn to the weekend as yet another big weather system begins to take shape. As of today, forecast models are starting to converge on a good chance for snow to start Saturday. After that, the typical wintry mix issues that often plague Columbus may come into play. It is still unclear right now how much warm air will get pulled this far north. Stay with examiner.com for the latest but know for now that there is the potential for some more wintery weather this weekend.

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