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      Our area's biggest impacts from Sandy come tonight into Tuesday

      While the center of the remnants of Sandy will never get closer than about 250 miles...we will still feel a pretty good punch from her over the next 24 hours.

      By late Monday afternoon, NW Ohio and SE Michigan were already experiencing wind gusts over 40 miles per hour.

      Those numbers will continue to climb overnight, reaching 50+ mph in most areas...even topping 60mph in areas close to the Lake Erie shore.

      The strong winds will push water inland along the lake's south shore...and will likely cause flooding in areas close to the lake.

      Inland, the biggest impact from this storm will likely be power outages caused by falling limbs and trees.

      Rainfall wise, we are not expecting a lot from this storm. In fact, only a half inch to maybe an inch maximum is forecast...with the heaviest amounts east toward Sandusky and Norwalk.

      As temperatures cool tonight, we may see a few snowflakes mix in with the showers at times. Little or no accumulation is ground temperatures and surface air temps will remain well above freezing.

      The peak of the strongest winds looks to fit into a 12 to 18 hour window from about 9pm tonight into the early afternoon of our Tuesday.

      It will remain windy after that...but the sustained winds should back into the 20-30mph range by late Tuesday...and then into the 15-20mph range during the day on Wednesday.

      Precipitation will consist of scattered rain showers during the day Tuesday and into Tuesday night. Wednesday's showers look much more spotty.

      Into Thursday, the winds continue to settle...and by the afternoon, I am expecting to see the sun start to poke through the clouds. Skies should be partly cloudy both Friday and Saturday, but temperatures will remain below average in the upper 40s, low 50s through the weekend.

      You can follow the latest on Sandy's effect northwest Ohio by following @WNWOtv and @WNWOWeatherTeam on Twitter. We'll also have updates here on and on Facebook at northwestohio and Chief Met Norm Van Ness.