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UPDATED: Winter storm watch added to wind chill advisory

ShiverColdBlowing snow will be added to the region’s bitterly cold temperatures on Friday night and Saturday, the National Weather Service warns.

The weather service has extended a wind chill advisory through noon Friday, and has added a winter storm watch for Friday night and Saturday.

From 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected Friday night through Saturday afternoon west of Interstate 71, the weather service said. East of Interstate 71, 3 to 5 inches of snow is likely.

For Findlay specifically, 1-3 inches of snow is predicted.

Southwest winds of 20 to 35 mph, with gusts of more than 40 mph, will cause the snow to blow Friday night and Saturday, the weather service said. That will reduce visibility for motorists in northern Ohio, the weather service warned.

The winds will make frigid temperatures feel even colder, and the weather service has extended a wind chill advisory until noon Friday.

Tonight’s low in the region is expected to be around minus 6, and west winds of 11 mph will mean that wind chill readings could reach 25 degrees below zero tonight and early Friday, the weather service said. Hypothermia can occur rapidly in those unprepared for the cold, and exposed skin will be susceptible to frostbite.

On Friday, widespread blowing snow is expected after 10 a.m. The high is predicted to be 16, with wind chill values as low as minus 24.

Friday night, blowing snow will continue, and an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow could fall at Findlay. The low will be about 15 degrees, with wind chills as low as minus 4.

Blowing snow will continue Saturday, with a high near 19 degrees and wind chill values as low as minus 6. Saturday night’s low is expected to be about minus 4.

Sunday’s high is predicted to be 23, with a low around 5 Sunday night.

Subzero temperatures are expected to return Monday, with a daytime high of only 8 degrees and a nighttime low of minus 12.

On Tuesday, the high is predicted to be 0, with a low of minus 11.

On Wednesday, a high of 8 degrees and a low around 0 are predicted.

Thursday’s high is predicted to rise to 19 degrees.

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