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A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through the rest of today in Columbus. We picked up anywhere from 1/16” to 0.2” of sleet last night and some areas picked up a dusting of snow. As of 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, the heavier snow is just starting to make its way into Columbus.

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Hazards: Heavy snow, sleet, and patchy freezing rain are all likely. Travel will be significantly impacted and may be dangerous at times late Friday afternoon and Friday night.

Impacts/Timing: Sleet and freezing rain will continue southeast of Columbus through the late afternoon before changing to all snow. Expect mainly snow in Columbus with very heavy snow possible between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The snow will taper off after 11 p.m. this evening.

Forecast Discussion:

A very cold air mass continues to slowly push in from the north this afternoon and the entire atmosphere has cooled enough to support snow over much of Columbus as of 1 p.m. Areas to the southeast from Chillicothe to Lancaster are still seeing freezing rain and sleet. A quarter inch of ice accumulation will be possible in these locations before switching to all snow.

Back in Columbus, the heaviest snowfall rates appear to be likely right through the evening rush hour. If you have plans to go anywhere tonight, it might be wise to reschedule if possible. Roads are likely to become treacherous especially after dark. Snowfall rates may approach or even exceed 1”/hr at times.

The snow will taper off after 11 p.m. tonight to just a few flurries. Although keep in mind that the roads will likely remain slick through much of the night and into early Saturday.

We will see some cold sunshine on Saturday as highs barely make it into the upper 20s after a morning low around 20 degrees.

Another weather system will bring more wintry weather to the region on Sunday. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain are likely, although amounts will be much lighter. Expect potential travel hazards late Sunday afternoon into the evening hours due to the ice. Temperatures will warm above freezing Sunday night changing everything over to just plain rain.

Much colder air filters in for next week.

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

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