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Another wind-chill advisory tonight; strong winds, snow coming Friday night

Another arctic blast is heading into our region tonight followed by strong winds and a little – but probably not too much – snow on Saturday.

Following a few light snow showers today, temperatures are set to drop from the teens this afternoon down to zero. Wind chills could make it feel like it’s as cold as minus 20 overnight and into Friday morning, according to Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

That’s right about the mark where schools consider closing but superintendents, many of whom have used up or are close to using up snow days already, probably won’t be able to make that call until very early Friday.

A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 10 p.m. tonight until noon Friday.

And then, Reynolds said, “the winds are going to start to pick up.”

It’ll be “breezy” during the day Friday and then downright “windy” Friday night and into Saturday he said, with sustained winds of up to 25 to 30 mph and gusts as high as 40 mph.

The arctic cold front may also be accompanied by a few inches of general snowfall, with little or no lake enhancement thanks to Lake Erie being almost completely frozen over now.

The strong winds and snow could cause periods of limited visibility on the roads Saturday, but nothing like the blizzard conditions the region saw earlier this month.

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