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Cold night ahead, quiet Wednesday & an interesting Thursday coming

Cold temps before next weather system brings wintry mess (mix)

Columbus (WCMH) - Good Tuesday Night,

After a very gloomy day today with high temps near 40, we will see clearing skies overnight tonight with temps falling quickly back to below freezing before midnight and into the lower 20s to around 20 to start the day on Wednesday.

Wednesday should be a pretty quiet day with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, but temps will only climb back into the upper 30s in most spots.  Wednesday night clouds will increase late with overnight lows will drop back into the upper 20s.

Thursday morning pre-sunrise things get very interesting as we will be watching a system come up from the south.  We will still have fairly dry air in place at first which actually could aid in morning cooling.  We will see the start of the moisture in the southern part of the state.

This system will be bringing a layer of above freezing temps above the surface which will melt the precip. to water, however, with sub-freezing temps near/at the surface, we will have a fair chance at least south of US-22 of having freezing rain Thursday morning.

As the moisture moves north, it will be key to see how much warm air aloft stays with it.  Colder would be better as it would limit freezing rain showers.  I think at this point expect the possibility of at least a wintry mix to start the day in the I-70 corridor, and snow showers north in the morning.

Thursday as warmer air (slightly) moves in, all of the wintry mess turns to cold rain showers, highs will be in the upper 30s.  Thursday evening as the system works northeast, we will see temps falling with colder air on the backside, and snow showers to end the day.

Friday will see partly sunny skies and highs in the lower 40s.  Saturday another weak front slides through, ahead of it, we will climb to the lower to middle 40s.  We could see a few showers mainly north, otherwise it will be cloudy.

Sunday a mix of clouds will be around with highs a bit cooler close to 40.  We will climb to the lower to mid 40s on Monday, and into the middle 40s Tuesday with mostly sunny skies.

-Dave


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