Blast of winter waits until after Thanksgiving to hit northern Ohio

CLEVELAND - For the last two weeks, I've been updating you on the threat for a blast of cold air arriving on or around Thanksgiving Day this year.

Well, we've managed to hold the cold air off until after Thanksgiving dinners are finished. In fact, the mild air should hang around Thursday night and Friday morning, for all you bargain shoppers lining up for the best deals.

But, the cold is still coming. A strong cold front will march through northern Ohio Friday afternoon and evening, bringing; first, a few rain showers and blustery winds.

Then, the cold air arrives in earnest Friday night and lasts through the weekend into next week. High temperatures area-wide on Saturday will reach into the middle 30s. Sunday's high temperatures will climb into the middle and upper 30s.

And then there's the snow. The Lake Erie snow machine should get going early Saturday morning. It's still too early to predict snow amounts.

But, area in the traditional snow belts of Ohio should be prepared for scattered snow on and off during the day Saturday, and slowly shutting down Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

A few spots from Cleveland's eastern suburbs into Lake, Geagua and Ashtabula counties could see a few inches of wet snow by Sunday morning.

Browns fans won't have to deal with snow for Sunday's game. But, blustery northwest winds will keep it cold for the entire contest. Dress for temperatures in the 30s Sunday.

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