Freezing rain changing to rain, damp and chilly start to New Year

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Winter Weather Advisory To 1 p.m.

An icy rain overspread central Ohio around daybreak, with temperatures overnight between 28-32 degrees, causing surfaces to be cold enough for patchy ice formation.

Temperatures are now edging just above freezing, so expect improvement the rest of the morning, though with plenty of rain and a raw east wind. A slowly lifting warm front will turn the flow more southerly by evening, boosting temperatures well into the 40s later in the day, as a steady rain becomes more showery.

Potent low pressure will track from the Ozarks to western Ohio this evening, with ice and snow in the cold air from West Texas to Kansas City and Chicago. A cold front will cross Ohio overnight, causing showers to diminish to drizzle early Saturday. Clouds will hang on through the day, and temperatures will hold nearly steady in the lows 40s to start the weekend.

An interesting scenario could occur late Saturday night into early Sunday, as a new storm develops in the Southeast and combines with a disturbance aloft to bring a wintry mix, changing to wet snow Sunday morning, with the potential for several inches of accumulation across the northwest portion of central Ohio. Temperatures will fall back into the mid-30s Saturday night and stay in the 30s to near 40 Sunday.

Dry air will follow with some sunshine early next week, and relatively mild temperatures in the 40s continue.

Forecast

New Year’s Day: Cold rain, slowly rising temperatures from low 30s to low 40s, then milder this evening with showers. High 50
Tonight: Showers taper off. Low near 40 Saturday: Early drizzle, staying cloudy. High 43
Sunday: Snow/rain early, chilly. High 39 (33)
Monday: Partly sunny. High 42 (30)
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 43 (31)
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, shower late. High 45 (32)
Thursday: Rain/snow shower. High 41 (34)

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