The snow from earlier today has pushed east of Columbus and the Winter Weather Advisory that was in effect has been cancelled ahead of schedule. Anywhere from 2.5 to as much as 4 inches of snow was reported across central Ohio.
A few local reports around central Ohio:
West Liberty: 4 inches
Lancaster: 3.5 inches
Dublin: 3.2 inches
Port Columbus Airport: 3.1 inches
Ohio State University: 3 inches
Springfield: 3 inches
Delaware: 3 inches
Merion Village (south of downtown Columbus): 2.7 inches
Moisture is exiting the area a little faster than earlier anticipated, so freezing drizzle may not be as big of a concern. However, patchy areas of light freezing drizzle or flurries are still possible this evening. Any melted snow or freezing drizzle could form additional slick spots on the roads tonight so use extra caution.
The weather will quiet down for the first half this weekend. Expect sunshine and continued cold weather on Saturday. Highs will be in the upper 20s. Lows will fall into the lower teens by Sunday morning, but highs will make an attempt to get back to freezing by the afternoon.
Another much stronger weather system will develop to our west by next week. As this happens, strong winds aloft will usher in much warmer air. Down near the surface, cold air has a tendency to linger much longer than up high in the atmosphere. In addition, the snow on the ground will help keep temperatures from warming much above freezing until a warm front crosses the region Sunday night.
Ahead of the warm front, precipitation may break out Sunday evening. If this happens while the temperature is still below freezing, it would likely take the form of freezing rain. This could cause serious travel problems so stay updated with the forecast this weekend if you have plans. Further updates will be posted here on examiner.com over the weekend. The good news is that it should warm up above freezing before the morning commute on Monday.
This weather system will be similar to the one that brought very mild weather to the Ohio Valley a week ago. As is typical for the winter, the warm up will be very brief. Temperatures will soar into the 40s on Monday and even near 60 on Tuesday! The period will also feature rain showers, but the warm up will certainly feel great! Stay with examiner.com for your latest weather forecast information.
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