Mother Nature just does not want to release us from winter in Ohio! A band of moisture will streak east across southern Ohio on Sunday bringing the chance for accumulating wet snow. It does not look like the Columbus metro area will be impacted by more than a few flurries.
Temperatures dropped rapidly Saturday afternoon as a cold front finally dropped south of I-70. Lows will dip into the upper 20s tonight under mostly cloudy skies. Some partial clearing will be possible late tonight.
A very complex weather situation will develop Sunday morning near the Ohio River. The complexities of the forecast will exist in just the lowest 2,000 feet of the atmosphere. A weak disturbance will throw a surge of moisture across the stalled out frontal boundary in Kentucky during the morning hours Sunday. Temperatures in the upper atmosphere will be cold enough for snow, but only marginally cold enough in the lowest layer.
Should precipitation remain as all snow, several inches of heavy, wet snow will fall across northern Kentucky and southern Ohio. However, a one or two degree deviation from computer model forecasts will be the difference between all snow and a rain/snow mix. If the mix occurs, little to no accumulation can be expected. This makes it a very low confidence weather forecast for the time period between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday across areas south of I-70.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Cincinnati area and as far north as Clinton, Highland, and Pike counties. At this time, the heaviest snow is not expected to make it as far north as Franklin County and Columbus. Therefore this will impact the southern most regions of our forecast area.
For Columbus, expect mostly cloudy skies throughout the day. A few flurries or light snow showers will be possible on the northern fringe of the band of snow. Highs will make it into the upper 30s. The heavier precipitation is forecast to move into Columbus after dark on Sunday. As temperatures warm up high in the atmosphere, the type of precipitation will vary at first. A mix of snow, sleet, and rain will occur. Significant travel problems are not anticipated, even if the temperature briefly hits freezing during the overnight hours, thanks to warm pavement temperatures.
The precipitation will be all rain for the morning commute on Monday. So while wintry weather will not be a hazard, moderate to heavy rain could be. Periods of rain will persist throughout the day and some isolated thunder will even be possible. Highs will top out in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees. Colder weather and snow showers return for the rest of next week.
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