Winter weather advisory tonight for a wintry mix early Saturday, then rain and wind, with colder air to follow


A winter weather advisory is in effect tonight for the northern half of Ohio, including the Columbus area for a wintry mix beginning before midnight. Expect 1 to 2 inches to fall across northern areas of central Ohio overnight, with lighter amounts along the I-70 corridor, changing briefly to freezing rain in the early morning hours.

Milder air will work northward late tonight and cause snow and sleet to turn to freezing rain, then rain after daybreak as the temperature slowly rises into the mid-30s. Rain and breezy conditions will prevail much of Saturday across Ohio, although a wintry mix may persist north of I-80.

Gusty winds will develop in the wake of low pressure tracking across Lower Michigan, ushering in a blast of arctic air later in the weekend. Snow showers will develop Saturday night, potentially leaving some slippery spots as the temperature tumbles into the 20s, and then the teens Sunday morning.

Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches could fall in bands of more significant lake-enhanced snow showers in the northern part of the state, and locally 4 to 8 inches in the snowbelt east of Cleveland through Sunday morning.

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