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Our active storm track continues this weekend with yet another chance for accumulating snowfall. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Friday night until Saturday night.

It was a cold morning on Thursday with lows ranging from the single digits to lower teens. It will still be cold on Friday morning, although note quite as cold. Expect lows in the middle teens area wide.

Clouds will increase on Friday ahead of the next weather system. High temperatures will make it to around 30 or 32 degrees by the late afternoon. It will be a slow drop with the temperature on Friday evening under cloudy skies. Expect evening temperatures in the upper 20s if you are heading out.

Snow will begin to push into the area after midnight on Friday night. Light to moderate snow will fall all night which will lead to an inch or two of accumulation on a very cold ground. Road conditions may turn slick by Saturday morning, although temperatures in the upper 20s will help the chemicals work much better on the roads than this past Tuesday morning when the temperatures was 20 degrees.

A subtle but very important push of slightly warmer air will enter into the picture by late Saturday morning. It appears that temperatures may nudge up just above freezing. This will limit how much snow accumulation takes place and a brief mix with rain (especially south of Columbus) will even be possible. The exact track of the storm will dictate surface temperatures and thus the forecast for snow accumulation.

At this time, it appears that 2-3 inches of snow is possible. Should the track shift south and thus cool down the forecast high on Saturday, this range may need to be increased slightly. Stay with examiner.com for the very latest information.

The snow (and possibly rain) will persist through most of the day on Saturday and taper off by midnight. Sunday will be colder with a chance for a few snow showers. Highs on Sunday will fall back into the lower and middle 20s.

Cold weather will stick around for much of next week. There may be a few opportunities for light snow as well depending on how far south the jet stream dips.

As a long range heads up, some forecast models are keying in on the potential for a bigger weather system by the following weekend going into the 20th-23rd. Right now it appears rain is likely, but the potential exists for some frozen precipitation at the end depending on how things play out. It is still a long ways off, but just something to keep in mind if you have travel plans around that time. As always, the latest forecast updates can be found right here.

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