weekend weather

The light winter snow expected for this weekend just got heavier. And colder. And more windy.

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland, which earlier this week called for one to three inches of snow across north central Ohio, has adjusted its forecast.

Richland, Ashland and Knox counties can now expect three to four inches of snow, starting tonight and continuing into Saturday morning. Crawford County and areas west will see four to six inches of the white stuff.

It's all due to a strong low pressure system that will move across the Great Lakes this weekend, bringing accumulating snow and a light wintry ice mix before changing to rain.

Several inches of snow is likely across northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania with the heaviest snowfall expected across northwest Ohio.

The snow will transition to a light wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain Saturday morning, with minor icing possible.

Forecasters expect precipitation to change to all rain Saturday afternoon with temperatures warming into the 40s.

An Arctic air mass will move into the Great Lakes region late Saturday night through Tuesday, which will develop lake effect snow for the primary and secondary snowbelt.

The expected low in north central Ohio on Saturday night will plummet back to around 15.

In addition, strong gusty winds will accompany this weekend system, with peak values of 35 to 45 mph likely Saturday through Sunday. A gale watch has also been issued for Lake Erie this weekend.

On Sunday, expect cloudy skies with a high only reaching 20. Winds will be from the west at 16 to 18 mph with gusts as high as 28.

It will be mostly cloudy on Sunday night with a low around 15. Expect cloudy skies on Martin Luther King Day with a high of 24 and a low around 16.

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