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Get ready for a rollercoaster ride this week as highs head into the 60s and then dip back down cold enough for potentially a wintry mix of precipitation!

It is already feeling warmer today as highs pushed into the lower 50s. Expect a mild overnight period with low temperatures only falling to the middle 40s under cloudy skies.

Wednesday will be similar to today with mostly cloudy skies and patchy morning fog once again. The temperature will climb even more into the lower 60s by the late afternoon and evening hours behind a warm front. That front may bring a few scattered showers to the area during the afternoon and early evening. Other than a few showers, expect mainly just grey skies and a few peaks of sun all day.

A cold front will move through the region late Wednesday night bringing another slight chance for a few showers. The front will only knock highs back into the middle and upper 50s Thursday afternoon before the much colder air oozes south Thursday evening.

A major battle between arctic air and warm maritime air has already begun across parts of the nation and this fight will extend into our area later this week. A slow moving arctic frontal boundary will sag south into Indiana and Ohio late Thursday night through early next week. Along this front, several waves of low pressure will develop bringing good chances for wintry precipitation.

The first wave of moisture will be in the form of rain Thursday night into early Friday morning. There may be a brief break in the action mid-morning Friday before more precipitation develops during the afternoon. As colder air filters in, the rain will mix with sleet, snow, and possibly even freezing rain. The exact timing of each type of precipitation is still in question. The change from rain to a wintry mix will likely occur Friday morning. Right now, it appears that there may be factors that try to limit significant accumulations. Surface temperatures hovering near or just above freezing along with sunlight (since the bulk of the frozen precipitation will fall during the day) could do this. Any change in the timing of the coldest air would have an impact on accumulations.

However, adverse travel impacts are still a good possibility late Friday afternoon and Friday night as the temperature falls below freezing.

Expect a lull in the activity on Saturday as the cold air settles in to Ohio with highs in the lower 30s. A stronger wave of low pressure will move our direction on Sunday bringing yet another chance for a mixed bag of sleet, snow, freezing rain, and rain. Right now it appears that the bulk of the precipitation from that system will fall as rain, but it may start out as a wintry mix causing travel difficulties late Sunday. The exact track of that system will have a major impact on the type of precipitation we see.

So, the main two times for potential impacts to travel will be Friday afternoon/night and Sunday afternoon/night. Another system may impact the region with snow and cold air towards the middle of next week as well. Hang on tight as we take a rollercoaster ride of temperatures and potentially see every type of precipitation possible over the next 7 days! As always, the latest updates will be posted right here on examiner.com.

The full 7-day forecast is attached to this article on the left hand side of the page!

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