A blustery, cold day feels more like December in the wake of a cold front earlier in the day. A cold northwesterly wind lowered the wind chill to near 20, with a mix of clouds and sun. Northeastern Ohio has seen lake-effect snow showers, but the air is drier in central Ohio.

Skies will gradually clear overnight and temperatures will dip into the low 20s, with diminishing winds, as high pressure builds across the lower Ohio Valley to the central Appalachians.

Winds will increase Thursday out of the southwest ahead of low pressure that will track across the Great Lakes, swinging a warm front through. Temperatures will rebound into themid-40s. The air is dry, so little in the way of moisture is expected beyond a few northern sprinkles.

A strong southerly flow Christmas Even will send temperatures into the mid-50s Christmas Eve, with scattered showers in the afternoon and evening. Low pressure will track across the Ohio Valley on Christmas Day, bringing rounds of showers. Temperatures will approach 60 degrees, close to a record high for the holiday.

A cold front will push east of Ohio early Sunday, bringing a lull in the moisture and some clearing, with temperatures falling back into the 40s. Another wet weather system will bring rain Monday and Tuesday. Mild temperatures will persist through the end of the year.

FORECAST

  • Tonight: Clearing, cold, lighter winds. Low 21
  • Thursday: Increasing clouds, milder. High 41
  • Christmas Eve: Mostly cloudy, windy, evening showers. High 52 (36)
  • Christmas Day: Showers, mild. High 61 (53)
  • Sunday: Mix clouds and sun, cooler. High 43 (38)
  • Monday: Showers return. High 48 (38)
  • Tuesday: Showers. High 48 (39)