Friday 12 p.m. Update: The majority of heavier, accumulating snow has pushed east of Columbus. However, one last band of moderate to heavy snow will swing through Franklin County between 12:30 and 2 p.m. This could lay down anywhere from another half to one inch is some areas. As of 11:30, three inches of snow had fallen near the campus of The Ohio State University. Storm total snow accumulations will range from 2.5 to 4 inches. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 5 p.m. today. At noon, roads are still in bad shape across parts of the city. Lane Avenue near OSU is mostly covered and High Street near OSU is slushy. Side roads are still completely covered in snow. Expect that you will need plenty of extra time to get anywhere for the rest of the day.
Expect light snow to continue off and on throughout the afternoon. As the air aloft dries out, lingering low level moisture could produce patchy freezing drizzle this evening. A light glaze of ice on top of the snow may occur from the freezing drizzle. All precipitation will come to an end late tonight. Keep checking back here for the latest forecast updates. A new update article will be posted later this afternoon.
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--- Original article written Thursday afternoon below ---
A fast moving weather system brought light snow to the region on Wednesday evening. Anywhere from a dusting to one inch fell around Columbus. Some areas south of Columbus saw even a little more than that. Another storm is developing for Friday and it will bring even more snow to nearly all of Ohio.
--See the full snowfall forecast map in the slideshow above!--
Even though it looked beautiful outside today, it did not feel beautiful. Highs barely made it past the 20 degree mark this afternoon. The temperature will be cold once again tonight, but it will not completely bottom out into the single digits again. Thickening cloud cover ahead of the incoming weather maker will help hold temperatures up a little bit. Lows will be in the lower to middle teens by early tomorrow morning. Expect dry conditions overnight.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect Friday until 5 p.m. for all of central Ohio. Snow will begin to move into the Columbus area after 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. This means that most of the morning commute will be in good shape. However, if you will be driving on the roads later in the morning, conditions could deteriorate rapidly. Moderate snow with isolated heavier pockets will occur during the late morning and early afternoon hours. This will be when visibility is lowest and driving conditions will likely be the worst.
The heaviest snow will move east of the area by 3 p.m. while light snow will continue through the early evening hours. Storm total accumulation of two to three inches will be possible by late afternoon. Isolated amounts of just over three inches will be possible from any heavier bands of snow. The evening commute could still be slower than usual thanks to the snow even with the heaviest precipitation ending earlier in the day.
Lingering moisture and a favorable fetch off of Lake Michigan could produce some light snow showers during the evening hours Friday. Any additional snow accumulation would be no more than a light coating.
The weather will quiet down for the most part 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. Some light precipitation may occur after dark Sunday evening on the leading edge of a warm front. If temperatures are below freezing, patchy freezing rain and sleet will be possible. Further forecast updates will be posted over the weekend.
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 50s 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.
The full snowfall map and 7-Day forecast are in the slideshow!
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