The Columbus area dug out from under the heaviest blanket of snow in several years early Friday.
A total of 4.6 inches of snow fell at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the largest snowfall since Feb. 21, 2015, when the city picked up 6.8 inches.
This was the third significant snow of the month: 4.1 inches fell on Jan. 12-13, and 3.6 inches accumulated on Jan. 19-20, after an extended period of rain and sleet.
Areas north of Interstate 70 fared the worst this morning, with totals of 4 to 6 inches from London to Columbus and east across Licking County.
Bellefontaine, Dublin, Clintonville and Newark were hit the hardest with snow accumulation of 6 inches of snow. Two to 4 inches of snow fell south of the Columbus area, and less an inch covered Pike County this morning.
The snow, brought on by an Alberta Clipper, moved rapidly southeast from Canada late Thursday and existed eastern Ohio by early Friday morning.
The exceptionally low temperatures contributed to fluffy flakes that pile up faster than wet snow, accounting for the substantial accumulations and treacherous morning travel conditions for several hours during the morning commute.
A major thaw is on the way this weekend, with high temperatures rebounding into the 30s Saturday and the 40s Sunday, with nothing more than a sprinkle.
Rain is likely early next week when the mercury is expected to soar into the low 50s, a jump of nearly 60 degrees in several days.