Columbus (WCMH) – Yesterday we just had to deal with a freezing cold day.
Today, we are getting the kind of weather that we would rather not see with a mix of rain and snow. Meteorologist David Mazza said area residents can expect another cold day on Friday.
Temperatures earlier today were right around freezing or below and that was perfect for turning rain into freezing rain.
As the low from the south moves in, that slightly “warmer” air will ride over top our cold surface temps. As you can see in the graphic below, if it’s cold from the cloud to the ground, we see snow, but it is when that “warm” above freezing air mixes in that things get interesting.
This morning there are cars covered with ice and more importantly so are some streets, sidewalks and parking lots across the region.
Depending on exactly the thickness of the layer of “warmer” air, will determine if we end up seeing more freezing rain or sleet on Thursday morning in the southern part of the state.
During the day on Thursday slightly less cold air in the mid to upper 30s will start to work in, and it will change the precipitation back to cold rain showers, and this might work in our favor since this will be the period where we should see the most moderate rain rates.
As this system exits to the east, expect a quick changeover back to snow the quickest to the west and northwest. This is the part of the state that could see an inch (or maybe a bit more) of snowfall. Since temps will be cold, some of it will stick too!
To the east, we will still have slightly warmer air for a time, and the rain will change back to snow a bit later.
Take it slow this morning. The winter precipitation season is just beginning.