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Major pattern change could bring snow next week

A major weather pattern change is expected to take place early next week as our roller-coaster ride in temperatures continues.

Rain and thunderstorms will overspread the Ohio Valley as mild air arrives Tuesday, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Then temperatures may push up to 60 degrees before plummeting on Wednesday.

The clash in air masses could set the stage for strong thunderstorms across the southern U.S. on Monday with storms possibly spreading east and north Tuesday into the Gulf Coast States up into the lower Ohio Valley.

“It is too early to tell how strong the storms could be,” Elwell said, but added there’s potential for damaging winds. "It is something we will have to monitor closely over the weekend."

Elwell said it will be a very windy 24- to 36-hour period from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.

Much colder air will be brought into the area once the storm system moves by late Tuesday.

"Temperatures could fall some 30 degrees within 12 hours causing a ‘flash freeze’ in some areas along with wind-blown snow showers on Wednesday,” Elwell said.

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