Columbus weather: Rain dampening today's deadline shopping will linger through Christmas

It may be Wednesday night before the skies finally clear.

Meanwhile those doing their Christmas shopping on deadline today should be prepared for lingering showers expected to last through the holiday, with cold nights to come.

Today the National Weather Service has in its Columbus forecast showers and thunderstorms until 4 p.m. and a chance of rain thereafter, a high of 63, a 5 to 10 mph east wind turning southwest and gusting up to 15 mph.

Tonight there's chance of rain until 8 p.m. and then a slight chance until 2 a.m., and then areas of drizzle after that, followed by fog. The low is expected to be 52 degrees.

Christmas Day will have dense fog, areas of drizzle before 8 a.m., rain from then until 2 p.m., then more rain and possibly thunderstorms through the day, with a high of 66 degrees. More showers and possibly severe storms will follow that night, with a low of 52 degrees and 10 to 15 mph southeast winds gusting up to 25 mph.

Wednesday could be even windier, with showers and possibly severe thunderstorms before 8 a.m., and a chance of rain from then until 2 p.m. A 10 to 15 mph west wind will accelerate to 20 mph in the afternoon and could gust up to 35 mph. The high is to be 55 degrees.

The skies finally will start to clear that evening, when the low is to drop to 32 degrees.