Monday, February 26, 2001

Chilly temperatures on horizon




By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Enjoy Sunday's balmy weather? Good. Enjoy the last vestiges of it today, then go find that winter coat you hoped you wouldn't need anymore. You will.

        Today, the slide downward begins, with temperatures likely falling 12 to 15 degrees from Sunday's high of 63, according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Bob Larson.

        Expect today to be sunnier and less windy, but cooler and with increasing clouds that likely will bring temperatures to almost 30 at night.

        By Tuesday night, we could see wet snow amid temperatures in the 20s, with an afternoon high of 41.

        Averages highs and lows for this time of year are 44 and 26.

        “After (Monday), it will be a chilly week,” Mr. Larson said Sunday. “When you get to this time of year, it wildly fluctuates, which we've seen in the past few weeks.”

        Sunday's high of 63 actually was reached shortly after midnight, with the afternoon high of 60 still unseasonably warm — though nowhere near last year's record high of 75.

        Any wet snow Tuesday night is not likely to accumu late, Mr. Larson said, because temperatures are likely to be above freezing. We might however, see a rain shower or two.

        Whether the snow comes at all depends on a weather system over the Plains states.

        If that system goes north of us, it likely will collide with warmer air, producing rain or wet snow Tuesday, Mr. Larson said.

       



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