After a brief taste of springlike temperatures, with highs of 66 Thursday and 60 on Friday, reality is getting ready to hit us again over the weekend.
A combination of rain, thunder, and even a little wet snow will accompany a strengthening spring storm tracking from the central states to the Ohio Valley.
As the storm pushes past Ohio Saturday night, cold air will rush in and cause rain to change briefly to wet snow before ending around or just after midnight.
Locally heavy rain will accompany embedded cells with some thunder and lightning Saturday afternoon as low pressure tracks near or a little west of the I-71 corridor. Rainfall amounts will average up to an inch, causing ponding in low-lying areas.
Rain will turn to snow later in the evening in northwestern part of the state, and after midnight in central Ohio, potentially leaving a grassy accumulation in some areas before dawn, though warm, wet surface conditions will limit most areas to a coating north of Columbus.
Blustery and unseasonably cold conditions will make Sunday feel more like late February than the end of March, and a hard freeze Monday morning in the low to mid-20s will be tough on flowers that have begun to pop up.
Remember last spring? Snow fell frequently during the first three weeks of the month — mostly snow showers — but with a few light accumulations on 7 days totaling nearly 3 inches.