Today is our stair step down in temperatures before we see the bottom really fall out at the end of this week. A strong upper level area of low pressure will dive southeast on Friday unlocking the door to the coldest air we have seen this season. Showers will accompany the surface cold front and may even mix with a few wet snowflakes Friday night!
Sunshine will mix with some scattered clouds this afternoon and it will feel quite a bit different than the past few days. Highs today will reach the upper 50s which is a good 20 degrees colder than Monday! With partial clearing tonight, temperatures will drop quickly. Lows are expected to hit the upper 30s which means patchy frost is possible.
We will see an increase in clouds on Thursday which will limit highs to just the middle 50s. The thickening clouds will at least act like a blanket Thursday night keeping lows in the 40s.
The shot of cold air will march quickly towards Ohio on Friday. Highs will struggle to hit 50 degrees around midday before temperatures tumble down in the afternoon. The cold air will be accompanied by scattered rain showers and very strong winds. Wind gusts could reach 35-40 mph through the late afternoon and evening hours. You might want to keep an eye on any loose Halloween decorations! The kids will definitely want to have some warm layers on as temperatures will be in the 30s for trick-or-treating.
A few leftover rain showers may mix with some wet snowflakes after dark Friday night. With a warm ground and temperatures hovering above freezing, accumulation is not likely. Some grassy areas could see a very light coating especially east of Cincinnati where the moisture is likely to linger around longer after dark producing a few snow flurries.
The cold will stick with us right through the upcoming weekend. Clouds will be slow to break on Saturday which will hold temperatures to the 30s and 40s all day! Winds will pick up again out of the north at 15-25 mph making it quite brisk.
*Hard freeze Saturday night*
Clearing skies Saturday night will allow for lows to bottom out in the upper 20s. This will be a hard freeze and likely the end of the growing season. Don’t forget to set the clocks back one hour on Saturday night!
We should warm back up to 50 degrees on Sunday and then the 60s next week. Hang on because this is the time of year when temperatures really do take a rollercoaster ride!
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