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Snow, blowing snow, and frigid temps this weekend

A strong area of low pressure is bringing gusty winds and more accumulating snow to much of the Ohio Valley tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. Saturday evening. The worst snow will be over by mid-morning, but strong winds will continue to cause blowing snow through much of the day.

Snow and brutal cold
Mike Groenke

Moderate to heavy snow will fall overnight into Saturday morning and combine with gusty winds (up to 40 mph) to create very low visibility. Luckily this will occur mainly between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. but use extreme caution if you have to be out during that time. Light snow and flurries will stick around through lunch time. Storm total snowfall will range between two and four inches with isolated locations picking up closer to five inches.

Northwest winds will gust over 30 mph through most of the day on Saturday meaning that blowing snow will be an issue. Even after the snowplows clear the road, the wind will likely blow additional snow back onto the roadways. Keep that in mind if you must be out driving during the day. Highs will top out in the middle 20s early in the morning before the temperature falls into the teens by the late afternoon hours.

Lows on Sunday morning will make for a tricky forecast. A very cold air mass will briefly skirt through central Ohio overnight making potential lows be below zero. However, winds will stay gusty which will keep the air well mixed. This may keep the temperature from completely bottoming out. Expect lows in the lower single digits Sunday morning.

Yet another weather system will swing by to our north on Sunday. A warm front will bring a wet inch or two of snow around midday. Behind that front, temperatures will briefly warm above freezing by the evening. While the forecast high is 36, most of the day will be in the teens and twenties. It will be a brief push of warm air in the evening.

That warm push will be ended very quickly by a strong arctic cold front Sunday night. That front may bring an additional coating of snow with as it knocks temperatures down into the lower teens and single digits on Monday.

Another round of brutal cold is growing more likely for next week:

Behind that arctic front, another round of brutal cold is starting to appear more likely. Lows could dip well below zero Monday night with wind chill readings possibly below -20F again. This cold will last through Wednesday before we gradually warm up by the end of next week. Stay with for the latest on snow chances and the risk for more extreme cold.

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