Brrr! The weather turned brisk and blustery on Friday, with Ashtabula County residents dealing with a dusting of snowfall in the morning and daytime flurries.

Forecasters say the winter weather is the result of a parade of arctic cold plunges, pushed south from Canada by a southward jet stream. This means the coldest air of the season is on its way early next week when temperatures aren’t expected to get above freezing, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cleveland, which keeps tabs on the weather in Ashtabula County and the rest of the area.

“Let the trace [of snow] be the fair warning,” said Karen Oudeman, meteorologist with the NWS.

“Come Monday, highs will be in the mid-30s and you can expect snow showers. Monday night, there’s the possibility of some lake-effect snow — it’s a little far out to say if there will be an accumulation.”

Although Ashtabula only reached 36 degrees and received a dusting of snow Friday, Middlefield in Geauga County received 4 1/2-inches of the white stuff, she said.

The good news is moderate temperatures are expected today and Sunday for Ashtabula County, with highs in the upper 40s, Oudeman said.

“But after that, it will be quite chilly,” she said.

After last November brought almost a foot of snow to northeast Ohio, snowmobile enthusiasts are gearing up.

“We have sold a few already,” said Don Ensell, an employee at Loudermilk Tractor and Cycle in Saybrook Township. “People are shopping and [today] is our Ski-Doo open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ... bring on the snow.”

Children in Ellen Kolman’s kindergarten class at Christian Faith Academy in Ashtabula felt the same way Friday.

“[As soon as it started snowing], they were running all around the room going from window to window,” she said. “Children don’t care if it’s cold, they love snow.”

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