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Another arctic blast headed to the Tri-State? Forecast models show big temperature drop next week

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CINCINNATI -- After a brief break from the cold, Mother Nature is poised to deliver another arctic blast to the Tri-State.

Current computer forecast guidance is suggesting very cold temperatures between Jan. 23 and Jan. 28.

That's a long way out, so trend and prediction maps could change later this week. But if Tuesday's data stays on its current path, Meteorologist Sarah Walters says it might be time to take out those ear muffs again.

Take a look at this graphic:

This is the location of the high and low pressure areas at 18,000 feet. The warmer high pressure is just off the US West Coast. Where is the cold upper-level low pressure located? Find the blue colors. (Hint: It's right over the Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley and the Tri-State.)

According to Meteorologist Mark Johnson from WCPO's sister station in Cleveland, this map suggests another surge of cold air plunging southward through the Great Lakes. If this scenario plays out, Johnson says it's going to get bitterly cold again by months end.

Here's another model with alarming numbers:

According to this Global Forecast System model, there will be a 20 degree drop between Wednesday and Thursday of next week -- meaning we could see below zero temperatures in the region.

While the fine details still have to be ironed out, these trends tell us that more cold is coming.

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