The coldest air of the season and our first measurable snowfall arrives this week in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Veterans Day today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 55 degrees. There’s a slight chance of rain showers after 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Then, the forecast will take a dramatic turn tonight as a strong cold front moves into the region.
There’s a 100 percent chance for rain and snow showers tonight that will change to all snow after 4 a.m. Tuesday.
The low temperature will plunge to 27 degrees as winds gust up to 28 mph.
The chance for snow showers will stick around until about 7 a.m.
About an inch of snow is expected to accumulate by daybreak, said meteorologist Andy Hatzos.
But, he added, it’s been so warm, it’s not likely much of this snow will stick around once the sun rises Tuesday.
This is not the earliest snowfall our region has ever seen. That occurred back on Oct. 19, 1989, when 5 inches piled up on Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
But the last time there was measurable snow on Nov. 12 was 45 years ago on 1968, when two-tenths of an inch fell at CVG.
It will be mostly sunny Tuesday but cold. The high will struggle to reach 34 degrees.
You’ll be cranking up your heater again Tuesday night. The low is expected to plunge to 26 degrees.
The rest of the week looks dry with a mix of sun and clouds, but daytime high temperatures will hover in the 40s and low 50s, below normal for this time of year.
Typically at this time of year, daytime highs reach 57 degrees with overnight lows around 38.
By next weekend, we’ll warm into the upper 50s and could hit 60 by Sunday.