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A potent area of low pressure brought several inches of snow to most of Ohio on Thursday and that fresh layer of snow will help pull temperatures down close to zero degrees by Friday morning.

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A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through this evening due to the risk for blowing snow. The majority of snow showers will end after dark but strong northerly winds blowing between 20 and 30 mph will continue to push snow from the ground onto roads. This will create additional slick spots through the evening commute and even for the morning commute on Friday.

With the strong winds and cold air mass in place, a Wind Chill Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service because the biting wind may make it feel as cold as 10 below zero at times tonight and Friday morning.

Even with plenty of sunshine Friday, highs will struggle to hit the middle teens. Thankfully the winds will calm down by the afternoon hours. Lows will hit the lower teens on Saturday morning before a southerly wind will push the temperature back up close to freezing by afternoon. Expect a mix of clouds and sun for the first half of the weekend.

Another large storm system is on tap for the second half of the weekend. Forecast models are still split between giving Columbus a rain/snow mix or mostly snow. At this point, the forecast is calling for a wintry mix to develop Sunday afternoon and change to rain briefly during the evening. The rain will mix with and change back to snow Sunday night. Significant snow accumulations are likely west of Columbus but the rain will cut back on higher totals here locally. Any shift in this storm could cause the forecast to change, so stay tuned for further updates.

Extreme Arctic Cold Becoming Likely Next Week:

All signs are pointing to a potentially historic round of cold weather to start off next week. This may be the coldest weather in 20 years for central Ohio. Think back to January of 1994 for a similar period of weather.

Behind the weather system on Sunday, an extremely cold air mass will quickly rush in and drop the temperature to near 0 by Monday morning. Temperatures will remain steady or even drop colder below zero throughout the afternoon. Lows on Monday night could reach at least the minus teens with a 5-10 mph wind making it feel colder than 25 below zero! The actual air temperature on Tuesday may not even make it above zero.

This type of cold is not something seen often in central Ohio. School closings, dead car batteries, and bursting pipes are all real possibilities next week so prepare now! Stay with examiner.com for the latest forecast updates.

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