Several bands of snow moved through central and southern Ohio early Friday, dropping up to an inch in Columbus area and 1-3 inches across the southern half of the state, making untreated roads slippery. Flurries persisted through the day under gray skies.

The Cincinnati area was hit with lake-enhanced snow Friday afternoon during the height of rush hour, with locally 2-4 inches of snow that snarled traffic.

Temperatures fell into the low 20s in the wake of an arctic front Friday afternoon, with gusty northwesterly winds, driving the wind chill down into the single digits in the evening and below zero Saturday morning. A wind chill advisory was issued portions of central and northern Ohio until 10 a.m.

A major nor’easter developing along the Atlantic Coast will bring blizzard conditions from eastern Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey to eastern New England Saturday. Snow accumulations will range as high as 12 to 24 inches from Long Island to Boston, with 4 to 8 inches along the I-95 corridor. Snow fell this morning in the eastern Carolinas for the second time in a week.

Arctic high pressure will build across Ohio into Saturday, with clearing skies, gusty winds, and frigid temperatures. We will wake up to near-zero readings Saturday morning, and a wind chill of -5 to -10 degrees for the third morning in four days.

Sunshine will prevail Saturday, but it will not alleviate the deep chill, as temperatures struggle to reach 20 degrees. Clouds return Saturday night with a weak disturbance that could carry a few morning flurries on Sunday before temperatures moderate to near freezing under mostly cloudy skies.

The beginning of the workweek will start off seasonably cold on Monday. Milder weather will develop beginning on Tuesday, with temperatures edging back into the mid-40s Tuesday and Wednesday. Look for the next chance for rain to arrive Wednesday and continue Thursday, possibly changed to wet snow before ending.

Forecast

  • Saturday: Mostly sunny, frigid. High 20
  • Tonight: Clouds increase. Low 13
  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy, some sun returns p.m. High 32
  • Monday: Partly sunny. High 36 (19)
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, milder. High 47 (26)
  • Wednesday: Rain likely. High: 42 (36)
  • Thursday: Light rain to snow. High 34 (33)
  • Friday: Clearing, frigid. High 19 (11)