Cold temperatures arrive today and they have some staying power

Our high temperature in New Philadelphia was 57 this morning. That’s about the best we will muster today. With our cold front dropping through the region later today, showers will taper off and end. Cold arctic air will begin pushing in and temperatures will fall through the afternoon and tonight.

It will also remain breezy today with west winds hovering around 14/16 mph. Occasional gusts could reach the 25/30 mph range – especially this afternoon right along the frontal boundary.

We shouldn’t see much more precipitation with this system for the rest of today. Most areas could tack on another tenth or so before the rain shuts off quickly with the front.

We will remain dry tonight as the cold dry air overspreads east-central Ohio forcing temperatures to plummet to the mid 20s tonight.

Despite sunshine on Wednesday, ti will be a much colder day with afternoon temperatures not getting much better than the upper 30s to around 40 degrees. With a southwest wind, wind chills will be a factor for the Wednesday morning commute. I expect wind chills in the upper teens tomorrow morning.

Thursday will be even colder and most neighborhoods won’t see temperatures get above freezing. A stiff westerly wind will keep wind chills in the mid teens in the morning as you head out. Wind chills will remain in the mid 20s through the afternoon.

Cold on Friday too but the wind should subside bringing SOME relief from those very cold wind chills. There will be more clouds Friday with the approach of our weekend weather system.

Although it’s still a bit too far out for specific details, confidence has increased since yesterday regarding a clipper-type system scooting across eastern Ohio Saturday evening/night.

While this does not have a big snow signal it could bring enough to measure and create some slick roads. IF this continues to pan out, it would be the first snow to have an impact on local travel. Temperatures will certainly have remained cold enough for any snow to stick.

The main factors that need to be worked out over the coming days are…

  • The track of the low
  • Potential snow
  • Accumulation

Again, there is no clear signal that this would bring any meaningful accumulation to east-central Ohio at this time.

Snow or no snow over the weekend, the cold temperatures this will will carry over into next week. Ensemble temperature guidance from both the European and American models show deepening cold settling in mid week NEXT week.

Weekly ensembles from the European model indicate temperatures will remain below normal well into Christmas.


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