Forecast: Snow ending tonight, but staying cold

CLEVELAND - Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula County until 10pm

10:00 pm Update: Snow does not appear to be well organized on the radar. Widely scattered snow showers will gradually taper to flurries before midnight as high pressure and drier air shifts in. Before the snow ends, a few spots could pick up another inch or two. Temperatures will stay very cold. Lows will drop down to between 8 and 13 degrees by dawn. Wind chills will hang in the single digits.

Dry weather returns on Thursday. I expect a little sunshine to mix in with the clouds. Highs will still be cold for the day. Right around 22 degrees.

As milder air pushes in tomorrow night, temperatures will slowly rise up to near the 30 degree mark by dawn Friday. A warm front will push a light wintry mix of snow, sleet rain and freezing rain into the area by mid to late morning. Again, i don't expect major problems here. Surfaces could get a little slick around lunch time before temperatures rise up above the freezing mark for the afternoon.

Update: We're now seeing a lull in our snow, with a just a lonely band across the south. I do expect a snow band or two to form through the afternoon, mainly east of CLE.

Update: The heaviest snow has now shifted south of the turnpike. this band will weaken as it sinks south and away from the lake. The other band is still going strong across Ashtabula County. Plan on up to 1" per hour where the heaviest snow persists. Another 3-6" likely where squalls persist.

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Lake effect snow is affecting Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage and Geauga Counties right now. Scattered snow showers are likely elsewhere. As winds shift northwest, expect more snow bands to develop and affect Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga Counties through the afternoon.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been posted for Lake, Geagua and Ashtabula Counties until 7 p.m. An additional 3 to 6" will fall today where squalls persist. Blowing and drifting snow may also cause problems for drivers.

If you don't see snow, you'll be affected by the cold. Temperatures are in the teens with wind chills in the single digits. Expect highs in the low 20s this afternoon under mostly cloudy skies.

Building high pressure will eventually decrease the chance of snow showers. Dry weather is in the forecast overnight with lows near 14 degrees. 

After breaks of sun Thursday, clouds return Friday with a wintry mix of rain and snow possible. High temperatures will jump to the upper 30s.

We're still on track for a dry and quiet weekend. Temperatures will hover in the upper 30s with low 40s likely early next week.

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