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First round of wintry weather hits before snowy weekend

Good Thursday Evening!

Light snow moved into central Ohio late this morning, and continues to fall throughout the region this evening, mixing with rain. Much of snow is melting on contact, with light, slushy accumulations in brief periods of moderate snow north and west, with the temperature hovering slightly above freezing. A weak storm over central Indiana will slide east across Ohio this evening. The moisture will end as flurries drizzle before midnight, and patchy fog will develop later, along with icy spots.

Friday should be a quiet day before a major winter storm takes aim on the Buckeye State Saturday into early Sunday, now developing in the southern Rockies.

Low pressure tracking across Kentucky will bring a wintry mix of ice and heavy snow, with substantial snow totals expected north of I-70 in the range of 6-10 inches. Rain will fall for a time southeast of Columbus, where accumulations will be limited to a few inches Saturday night.

The storm path could wobble by 25 miles, which could push the ice-snow line farther north, so these are preliminary totals. Ice could accumulate .10-.20 inch south of Columbus during the storm.

Arctic air will arrive Saturday night and Sunday, causing readings to plunge into the teens, with near-zero wind chills and blowing snow. The weather will be dry and frigid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A little more snow is likely Tuesday and Wednesday.

Evening: Wet snow, rain south, less than 1/2", fog late, slick spots. Low 31

Friday: Early fog, clouds linger. High 34

Saturday: Snow, mixing with sleet/rain south. High 34 (27)

Sunday: Snow showers, windy, much colder. High 18 (16)

M. L. King Day: Sunny, frigid. High 12 (-3)

Tuesday: Clouds increase, light snow p.m. High 26 (7)

Wednesday: Light snow. High 33 (24)

Be safe tonight on the roads! -Ben

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