Cincinnati Enquirer’s Mark Curnutte reports:
Monday morning commuters were greeted with patchy fog, a thunderstorm and blustery air as Greater Cincinnati’s weather continues to behave more like March than January.
Just two days after the region was encased in ice, the temperature will reach a high of 52 degrees around 10 a.m. Monday, the unseasonably warm air accompanied by a possible thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. Southwest winds ranging from 17 to 23 miles an hour will gust up to 40 miles an hour.
The chance of precipitation Monday is 80 percent. About 1/10 of an inch of rain is expected.
The low Monday night is expected to hit 30 degrees, with winds calming to 8 to 16 miles an hour.
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Temperatures are expected to reach highs into the 40s through the week, peaking at around 50 on Friday.
The chance of rain will be 50 percent Wednesday night and 40 percent Thursday. The forecast shows highs of 43 and 38 degrees Saturday and Sunday, with mostly sunny skies.
The temperature climbed through the day Sunday, reaching 42 degrees at 6 p.m., providing relief from the ice storm that hit the region Friday night and Saturday morning.
An 1/8 inch of ice coated vehicles, trees and power lines, leaving about 4,000 Duke Energy customers without electricity overnight Friday. Drivers needed about 30 minutes with their engines running and an ice scraper to clear their vehicles.
By 4 p.m. Saturday, only three homes were dark. Most of the day, the bulk of the homes without electricity – at one time more than 1,300 – were in Butler County, according to Duke’s website.