Columbus, central Ohio to be hit by wind, cold blast; watch for refreeze

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We set a daily record for rainfall (1.09 inches), our fourth soaker since Dec. 27. At this rate, the soil may never dry out. Northern Ohio received 2 to 5 inches of snow, while we had ice overnight Friday. 

Low pressure over Georgian Bay is revving up the winds as it departs through southeastern Canada. ushering in an arctic blast. Winds are gusting around 40 mph over western Ohio, so expect a period of strong winds overnight, subsiding to 20-25 mph Sunday morning. This will drop the wind chill to near zero at times, as cold as we’ve seen (comparable to Nov. 12).

Standing water will freeze quickly after midnight as the temperature plummets. Lake-effect snow flurries will be prevalent with the frigid weather Sunday and Monday, especially with the lakes unfrozen at a record late date in January. Light accumulations will occur in narrow bands of streamers.

High pressure will build in through the early part of the week, with crisp sunshine. Temperatures will slowly moderate with a light southerly flow by Wednesday. Another storm coming out of the southwest will bring rain Friday and Saturday.

Quick Forecast

Tonight: Gusty winds (30-40 mph), much colder, flurries later and slick patches. Low 18

Sunday: Cloudy periods, flurries, wintry. High 20

M. L. King Day: Partly sunny. High 26 (16)

Tuesday: Sunshine, cold. High 30 (17)

Wednesday: Sunny. High 38 (19)

Thursday: Partly sunny, milder. High 43 (25)

Friday: Rain returns. High 47 (31)

Have a good evening and bundle up! -Ben

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