Jennifer Baker reports:
Up to a half inch of snow is expected to fall tonight and early Tuesday as bitterly cold weather keeps a firm grip over our region.
A large and powerful winter storm sweeping through the south that eventually will move toward the East Coast is expected to dump a bit of snow across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
“We don’t think it’s going to be a heavy accumulation,” said meteorologist Andy Latto. “It will probably be more in the line of flurries.”
Snow could start flying anytime between 9 p.m. and midnight and continue until 8 a.m. Tuesday. Then, a wintry mix of snow and rain is possible between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Latto said.
We’ll be mostly cloudy and frigidly cold this morning. It’s 22 degrees at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport with a wind chill of just 12.
It will only climb to 32 degrees by noon and then just a few more degrees to a high of 36 at 5 p.m. Wind chills will be in the 20s.
The low temperature tonight will fall to 30 degrees with a wind chill of 27.
Tuesday’s high temperature will reach 35 before plummeting back into the 20s with wind chills in the low teens again overnight.
Normally at this time of year, our daytime highs usually make it up to 50 degrees with overnight lows of 33. But, a burst of arctic air over the weekend – followed by low pressure systems – are keeping temperatures well below average, Latto said.
The cold air will stick around through Thanksgiving before a slight warm-up finally arrives this weekend.
Daytime temperatures will hover in the low to mid-30s Wednesday and again on Thanksgiving Day. There’s a slight chance for snow flurries Wednesday night and early Thursday. The low will bottom out around 21 degrees.
There’s another chance for snow flurries before 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Then, it will be mostly sunny.
Bundle up if you plan to head out for Black Friday specials at the stores Thursday night. The low will hit 23.
Warmer air will finally arrive this weekend. The mercury will climb to 39 Friday. Saturday and Sunday could bring high temperatures in the low to mid-40s.
Overnight lows will remain brisk and in the 20s.