The spring-like weather enjoyed by central Ohio the past couple of days will dissolve into a wintry mix of cold temperatures, rain, sleet, ice and snow -- in that order, starting about the time you leave work today. The area could see 4 to 7 inches of snow on Friday.
The spring-like weather enjoyed by central Ohio the past couple of days will dissolve into a wintry mix of cold temperatures, rain, sleet, ice and snow -- in that order, starting about the time you leave work today.
At 3:50 p.m. today, the National Weather Service revised its winter storm warning for west central and central Ohio to increase the potential amount of snow to 4 to 7 inches. The heaviest snow is expected Friday afternoon.
The weather service also warned that an icy undercoating could make travel hazardous. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice could coat central Ohio, with up to a quarter of an inch in a swath from Cincinnati to south of Columbus.
The warning, which includes Franklin and surrounding counties, is in effect from 1 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.
The approaching cold front is causing temperatures to plummet. It was 61 degrees at 9 a.m., but only 43 at 4 p.m. at Port Columbus.
Check Dispatch.com today for updates and tomorrow morning for weather updates and closings and cancellations. The bad weather is part of a storm system that has dumped snow across the northern Plains and is expected to bring freezing rain to the country's midsection today.
The rain in central Ohio will turn to sleet and freezing rain tonight before turning to snow on Friday, according to the weather service, which warns that travel difficulties are expected.
While it was 64 with light rain this morning in Columbus, the forecast calls for a low of about 32 tonight. Light rain will continue overnight, and rain, freezing rain and sleet are all expected for the morning rush. The precipitation largely will fall as snow after noon Friday and continue throughout the day, tapering off after midnight.
The low Friday night is expected to be about 18 degrees. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 27. The low Saturday night is expected to be about 16. There's a chance of snow and freezing rain on Sunday with a high near 33.
Parts of southeast Ohio are under a flood watch due to the possibility of 2 to 3 inches of rain.