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Mild through Tuesday, then a significant winter storm possible Wednesday

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A warm front will lift northward across northeastern Ohio today. There will be a considerable amount of cloud cover and a few areas could see a sprinkle. As the front moves to our east this afternoon, it will allow milder air to flow across the area, boosting our temperatures well into the 50s.

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It will remain mild tonight under most cloudy skies.

On Tuesday, a cold front will move southward through the Great Lakes, reaching Lake Erie late in the day. Clouds will thicken up in advance of the front and a few rain showers could reach the northern and western counties by sunset.

The front will push south of the area Tuesday night as low pressure develops to our west. The low will intensify and track east along the Ohio River Wednesday, reaching Pennsylvania by Wednesday evening. Rain will break out Tuesday night, with a gradual change over to snow across the northern counties after midnight.

Rain will continue to change over to snow from north to south Wednesday morning with most locations seeing all snow by Wednesday afternoon. The heaviest snow is expected to fall across the lake shore counties where some locations could pick up over 6 inches of heavy, wet snow. Elsewhere, accumulations will be dependent on the time of the change over.

As the storm intensifies on Wednesday, it will become windy with gusts in excess of 30 mph likely.

Here is the forecast: For today, mostly cloudy with a chance of a shower. Highs will be in the mid 50s. Winds SW 10-20 mph.

Tonight, mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s. Winds W 10-15 mph.

Tuesday, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers late in the day. Highs will be in the upper 40s to low 50s. Winds W 5-10 mph.

Tuesday night, cloudy with rain developing during the evening, then rain and snow likely after midnight. Lows will be in the low to mid 30s.

Wednesday, cloudy with rain and snow during the morning, becoming all snow by mid day with snow continuing through the afternoon. Windy with slowly falling temperatures.

Extended Analysis: The storm will pull away from the area Wednesday night and the snow will gradually come to an end from west to east. Temperatures will plummet as arctic air is pulled southward across the state.

High pressure will build across the region Thursday and Friday bringing fair weather. It will be cold Thursday and Thursday night, but temperatures will quickly moderate on Friday.

Another cold front will bring the threat of rain or snow showers to the region Friday night and Saturday.

Here is the extended forecast: Wednesday night, cloudy with snow likely through midnight, then diminishing to snow showers. Windy with lows around 5 degrees.

Thursday, partly cloudy with highs in the low to mid 20s.

Thursday night, partly cloudy with lows in the teens.

Friday will be partly sunny with highs climbing to the mid 40s.

Friday night, mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be around 30.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers. Highs will be around 40 degrees.


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