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It is the last full week of March and the first full week of spring, yet we are talking about snow and extremely cold weather! A strong cold front will push through this afternoon bringing numerous snow squalls. These snow showers will quickly drop the visibility and may even lay down a quick dusting of snow. However, accumulations will be limited by surface temperatures being above freezing in the lower to middle 30s.

The snow will end quickly this evening and skies will clear out. Clearing skies and calming winds will allow the temperature to drop off significantly overnight. Expect lows well into the teens on Wednesday morning. A light breeze will easily knock the wind chill down into the single digits! Highs on Wednesday will once again be in the lower to middle 30s even with some sunshine.

Be happy Ohio is not in the Northeast! A huge early spring norteaster will spin up tonight bringing wind gusts well over 50s kts along with some snow to the extreme coastal areas of Connecticut and Maine. Luckily, no impact for us in Columbus.

A warm front crosses the region on Thursday bringing highs to near 50 degrees. Some drizzle or light showers may develop late in the afternoon and evening hours. Rain becomes likely Thursday night and Friday morning. We will dry out heading into Friday afternoon with temperatures in the 50s.

Forecast models are picking up on a secondary area of low pressure through the Ohio Valley on Saturday. This could bring some nasty weather in the form of rain and chilly temperatures. If you have travel plans to the north, keep an eye on this one as the northern edge could have some snow. As of right now it looks like Columbus will stay all rain.

If you can make it through this week, there is some better weather on the horizon! Indications are that highs will soar into the 60s for Sunday and the beginning of next week!

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Wednesday Forecast
Wednesday Forecast Mike Groenke

Wednesday Forecast

Expect a very cold Wednesday!  Morning lows will be in the teens with a wind chill in the single digits.  Highs will only be in the middle 30s.

7 Day
7 Day Mike Groenke

7 Day

A warm front crosses the region on Thursday bringing highs to near 50 degrees.  Rain becomes likely Thursday night and Friday morning.  We will dry out heading into Friday afternoon with temperatures in the 50s.

Tuesday evening
Tuesday evening Mike Groenke

Tuesday evening

Snow squalls and flurries will persist through the early evening hours.  Skies clear out after 8pm and the temperature starts to drop quickly!

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