Columbus weather: Change is in the air with rain, chill expected this week

It hasn’t begun to feel a lot like Christmas in Columbus this December because of the unseasonably warm, dry weather, but that’s about to change.

The National Weather Service expects rain and thunderstorms today, followed by cooler days and cold nights later this week after a strong cold front blows through.

Today’s forecast has a 60 percent chance of rain with a 10 to 15 mph southwest wind gusting up to 25 mph and a high of 71 degrees. Tonight’s low is to be 44 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain and a northwest wind of 10 mph gusting up to 20 mph.

Once the front flies past, a chill comes into the air.

The high temperature Tuesday’s to be nearly 20 degrees cooler than today’s – 54 degrees, with a 10 mph northwest wind gusting to 15 mph, and a low of 41 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain that night.

A low of 37 degrees is expected both Wednesday and Thursday night, with highs in the upper 50s each day. Then some warmth resumes, with highs in the mid-60s Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and lows in the mid- to upper 40s at night. A 30 percent chance of rain’s expected Saturday night and Sunday.

This summer-like autumn will end with the winter solstice at 6:12 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 21. That will be the earliest winter has arrived since 1896, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.