WINTER STORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF THE TRI-STATE THIS WEEKEND

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - We are dry for now with cloudy skies Friday afternoon and a high of 37 degrees.

First Alert Weather Days set up Saturday through Sunday with everything from rain, freezing rain, snow, and arctic cold air moving in.

Wet weather begins by 8am / 9am on Saturday morning with mainly rain and a little mix for most of us. However, locations from Connersville, IN through Oxford and Middletown to Wilmington, OH will be cold enough for the precipitation to be all snow with some accumulation and slick driving in spots.

With temperatures not much warmer than freezing, other locations will get chilly rain occasionally mixing with some sleet or freezing rain through the afternoon. Travel will be wet and sloppy, but you can get where you need to be.

Travel impacts will go downhill by Saturday evening with snow accumulation for all arriving by Saturday evening with higher amounts farther north when it is all over by Sunday morning.

During the evening as arctic air arrives, temperatures will begin to drop and for a few hours freezing rain may be a problem.

By late Saturday night into Sunday early morning, snow will be accumulating with a total of 2 inches to 4 inches around the metro area before it ends by dawn Sunday. A healthy 4 inches or slightly more will be the name of the game for the metro.

Areas in our WINTER STORM WATCH of Butler, Warren, Clinton counties in Ohio and Franklin, Fayette, and Union counties in Indiana could see 4 to 6 inches of snow. Look for less than 2 inches in areas south of the 71/ 75 split.

The big problem is likely to be reduced visibility from blowing and drifting snow as winds gust to around 40 mph from before dawn Sunday into Sunday afternoon.

By Sunday evening wind chills will be below zero and for Monday morning look for the wind chill to be as cold as -20 degrees in areas exposed to the wind. Actual temperatures will be as cold as -5 degrees by Monday morning

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