Rainy Thursday will give way to sleet and snow on Friday

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If you're venturing outdoors, be prepared for winter's worst.

A winter storm warning in those areas was issued for 7 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Saturday.

The watch is in effect for Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, Stark, Trumbull and Wayne counties. Overnight, the area could see as much as one inch of snow over the ice.

Ice accumulations may be greatest in the Southern Tier and Genesee Valley with totals nearing a quarter of an inch. "Most of the area will receive 0.3" to 0.70" of rain on Friday.

As we head into the evening and overnight hours, expect to see sleet showers and freezing rain. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

"We've got a strong front coming through late Monday night, early Tuesday", said Constantine Pashos, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.

The winter storm warning is in effect from 4 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.

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In its latest forecast, the National Weather Service is calling from 2 to 5 inches.

The rain is expected to taper off Saturday afternoon, when temperatures will likely plummet about 30 degrees, the National Weather Service said. The renewed freezing temperatures will cause ice to accumulate across large parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and interior Northeast. In Central New York, 6 to 10 inches of snow of wet, heavy snow mixed with sleet could fall this afternoon through Saturday afternoon.

From Kentucky to OH, the accumulations will be higher, with most areas seeing anywhere from 4 to 6 inches.

Ice expands to areas such as Hopkinsville, Clarksville, and Ashland City before 12 p.m. Afternoon high temperatures in many places across the state will reach above freezing, and possibly up into the 40s. Temperatures are expected to remain freezing until Sunday across the region.

Saturday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.

Sunday night: A 50 percent chance of snow after midnight.

Big changes arrive to the area as an arctic cold front tracks over Indiana.

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