Mild Ohio weather won't last long

CINCINNATI (AP) — Many Ohioans who began the day in unseasonable warmth can expect an icy blast of winter weather soon.

Temperatures in the 50s and 60s across much of the state were expected to plunge 30 to 40 degrees by the weekend. The National Weather Service says a cold front moving through will bring rain changing to a wintry mix overnight in most of Ohio, followed by significant snowfall later Friday in the southwest and central regions.

Forecaster Mike Kurz says the Interstate 70 and 71 corridors from Cincinnati through Columbus are likely to get the most snow. Most of the area is expected to get 2 to 6 inches of snow by Friday night, with much colder temperatures.

Meanwhile, there are flood watches across southeast Ohio with rain and sleet expected.