Winter Returns

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TOLEDO, OH (13abc Action News) – THURSDAY 7:30AM UPDATE:

Another round of showers and even a few thunderstorms are expected through early afternoon today. Another half inch of rain is possible. Temperatures have been dropping as much as 8-degrees per hour. After an early high near 60°, temperatures will be in the middle 30s by this afternoon. Friday morning's low will drop to around 20 degrees. This could lead to some patchy black ice developing by Friday morning.



Temperatures will rise to 60 degrees around midnight, then fall quickly overnight. We will fall just short of a record high though...The record high for today is 68 degrees (1890) and 64 degrees (1898) for Thursday. Expect temperatures to plummet close to 40 for the Thursday morning commute with showers and storms continuing through noon. The rest of the day will be much cooler and dry with temperatures sliding into the mid 30s by the afternoon. Rain totals will be around 0.5" for most with 1"+ totals possible for the southeastern corner of the viewing area.


Scattered showers are expected to develop after 5pm today. Rain could be heavy at times for the Thursday morning commute. Showers should end by early to mid-afternoon Thursday. Additional rain totals are expected to be in the 0.5” to 1.5” range. Temperatures will slowly warm up today to the 40s this afternoon. The high will be around 50 late evening. Temperatures will keep warming up into the low to mid 50s during the early morning hours and back down to about 50-degrees around daybreak Thursday. Then the cold front will move through and drop the temp back to the mid-30s by the afternoon.


*HIGH WIND WARNING for Lenawee, Monroe, Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky and Erie Counties until 4am*
*Wind Advisory for the rest of the area through 12am*

Wind is the headline tonight!

South winds will gust between 50-60 mph through 12am. We're already getting reports of some power outages, so be prepared just in case you lose power. Make sure your cell phone is charged up and look out for debris if you have plans to travel tonight or Wednesday morning.
Showers and a few gusty thunderstorms are also expected early tonight. The chance of rain will move out of the area after 12am.



The freezing rain and snow mix will move out of the area by the mid-morning hours today. Scattered showers will continue through today and tonight. Winds will increase this afternoon and evening between 20 and 30 mph. Winds will commonly gust up to 40 mph late today, but a band of showers could bring down 50 mph wind gusts during the evening tonight. Lighter winds will prevail by Wednesday morning and showers will move out of the area by midnight.

Additional rain is likely after 7pm on Wednesday. Rain could be heavy at times and thunder could also mix in Wednesday night and early Thursday. Highs on Thursday will be in the mid-50s during the morning hours. Temperatures will drop rapidly during the morning hours and there is a chance of some patchy freezing drizzle Thursday afternoon with temperatures near freezing. The computer models do not agree on the storm track for the weekend right now, but a snow, sleet, and freezing rain mix remains possible.




Short-term forecast update...Snow will begin late Monday evening and continue into the Tuesday morning drive. Sleet and freezing rain will mix with the snow for areas near/south of the turnpike by morning as temperatures rise close to the freezing mark by 8am. Snow accumulations will range from 2.5" in southeast Michigan to 1" or less in our southern counties. The Toledo Metro area can expect 1"-2" of snow by sunrise. Temperatures will rise above freezing in all areas by 9am Tuesday with gusty winds becoming the headline the rest of the day. South winds could gust over 40 mph.
Please see below for the long-term forecast...


The stormy weather pattern in the western part of the country will transition to the Great Lakes region this week. At least 3 storm systems are expected in the next 7-8 days. Here is the latest forecast information on each storm.

Storm #1 (Tonight-Tuesday): Snow is expected to develop around 10pm this evening and continue off and on into early Tuesday morning. Snow may also mix or change over to sleet and freezing drizzle as well. Less than 1” of snow accumulation is expected, but that could lead to slick conditions in time for the Tuesday morning commute. The winter mix will change over to all rain by 10am Tuesday morning. Highs Tuesday afternoon will be in the middle 40s.

Storm #2 (Wednesday night-Thursday): A cold front will bring a round of showers, and possibly even a few thunderstorms by Thursday morning. Heavy rain is possible. Temperatures will warm up into the middle 50s before colder weather arrives late Thursday afternoon and evening.

Storm #3 (Saturday-Sunday): Thursday’s front will lift back to the north this weekend and will stall out across the Midwest and southern Great Lakes. The potential is there for a little rain and snow, but the biggest concern is that a large swath of sleet and freezing rain could develop through parts of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. It is too early to know where the heaviest freezing rain will develop, but parts of the lower Great Lakes region could have significant ice accumulation this weekend. If you have travel plans make sure to stay tuned for the latest forecast as the storm’s track becomes more certain in the days ahead.

Storm #4?? (Early Next Week): Some of the weather maps show a final push of moisture on Monday and Tuesday of next week that could add additional rain and warmth on top of the soggy ground. If that happens, and this week is as wet as expected, the potential for flooding would increase.

Stay tuned to the 13abc Storm Team on-air and online as we go through the week and more detailed weather information becomes available.

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