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A strong low pressure system will bring a major winter storm to areas like Chicago and Michigan tonight into Saturday. For Ohio, a little bit of wintry weather is possible tonight before some rain and mild weather for Saturday.

Light flurries will be possible this evening. With temps hovering around freezing, any icy patches on roadways will be very limited. Some light sleet of freezing rain may occur overnight, but it will be isolated and should not amount to much. We will warm up above freezing after sunrise turning any leftover precipitation into rain.

Expect some rain to the start the day and just isolated showers through the afternoon. Most of the day will be cloudy with highs soaring into the upper 40s! Enjoy the brief warm up while it lasts. A cold front will send another wave of rain into the region after 8 p.m. Saturday night. This front will cool temperatures back off to around 30 degrees Sunday morning. Highs on Sunday will be in the middle 30s under mostly cloudy skies.

Monday will be the calm before the storm as a major winter weather maker looks to be setting up for next week. At this point, it is too early to call exactly who will get what kind of weather because the exact track of the low pressure center will determine that. For now, the best forecast can be summed up with a chance for mixed precipitation Tuesday evening possibly changing to plain rain late Tuesday night. Keep in mind that this may still change between now and Tuesday!

Significant accumulations of snow and ice will occur in the Ohio Valley with this system and that cannot be ruled out completely in Columbus. However, the odds of seeing major snow or ice will be much higher the further northwest you go from Columbus. Stay tuned to examiner.com for updates as we get closer to the event!

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