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A cold front is moving into the region tonight bringing some light snow to central Ohio. A dusting to half inch of snow will be possible overnight from this activity. Watch for a few slick spots on the roads and expect a slower traffic Tuesday morning because of this.

Grey skies will be the theme all day on Tuesday which means temperatures will not move very much. Highs will top out just above freezing around 34 or 35 degrees. A storm system moving up from the south will begin to spread light precipitation into the region after 10 a.m. A brief period of rain/snow mix will be possible but all precipitation should quickly become all snow by early to mid-afternoon.

Anywhere from a half to just over one inch of snow should be on the ground by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The heaviest snow will fall between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. meaning the evening commute could be quite messy. If you have anywhere to be Tuesday night, allow for extra time and be careful on the roads.

The heaviest snow will fall east of Columbus setting up a tight gradient of snow with lower amounts on the west side of town and higher amounts as you head east long I-70. One to two inches of snow will be possible from Marysville to Delaware and back southwest to West Jefferson. Expect two to three inches of snow across the heart of Columbus and anywhere from three to five inches of snow from Lancaster back east towards Zanesville. These storm total amounts are through Wednesday morning.

Behind the system on Wednesday, winds will be brisk out of the northwest and scattered snow showers will be possible. They snow showers may lay down a quick dusting where they are heaviest. Highs will only top out around freezing.

Stay with examiner.com and follow @mikegroenke on twitter for the latest weather alerts and updates.

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