Wind advisory for some; Icy spots possible tonight, into morning commute

The rain, sleet and snow mix will wind down over the next few hours, but rapidly falling temperatures along with gusty winds are expected to bring icy spots for some parts of the region into the Friday morning commute, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 4 a.m. Friday for Champaign, Darke, Logan and Miami counties. Gusty winds between 35 and 40 mph are expected overnight into Friday morning, with a few wind gusts as much as 40 to 45 mph possible for some, the NWS said.

The overnight low will be around 20 degrees, but wind chills will make it feel around 10 degrees colder.

Isolated to scattered snow showers are possible Friday, mainly after 3 p.m. It will be cloudy and windy with temperatures reaching a high of around 28 degrees. A narrow band of snow is possible Friday night, which could bring ½ inch to more than 1 inch of snow where this band sets up. Friday night, clouds decrease as temperatures fall to around 14 degrees.

Skies will be mostly sunny Saturday with a high near 27 degrees. There is a chance of snow, mainly between 5 and 8 p.m., with new snow accumulation of less than ½ inch possible. Saturday night will be mostly cloudy with a a low around 13 degrees.

The combination of wind and low temperatures may result in wind chill values at or below zero Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 22 degrees. Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 14 degrees, and again the possibility of wind chill values at or below zero.

Prolonged exposure to these bitter conditions can lead to frostbite or hypothermia. Some signs of frostbite include a burning sensation, tingling or numbing. Hypothermia can begin with shivering, followed by drowsiness, shallow breathing, slurred speech and, eventually, unconsciousness and death.

Previously, the NWS said that it has been most of two years since Cincinnati saw single-digit weather, the second-longest streak on record. If Cincinnati sees single digits on Saturday night, the streak will end at 704 days, one week shy of the previous record, which ended at 711 days on Jan. 21, 2013.

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