A few snow showers this afternoon with light accumulation; Temperatures moderate over the weekend

Other than clouds, the majority of the day will be dry and uneventful across the Valley. However, our next disturbance is approaching from the west and as it moves into the Great Lakes region, it will generate some snow showers for east-central Ohio late this afternoon and this evening.

This system doesn’t have a lot of moisture to work with but it will get a boost as it moves over the lakes. Still, with the models having a pretty good handle of this tracking well north, a few snow showers will likely make their way into the Valley around 3:00/4:00 pm this afternoon.

SIMULATED radar from the Hi-Res NAM model at 4:00 PM Friday afternoon.

Most of the snow showers will be fairly light and shouldn’t cause any major problems for the evening commute through the Valley. Snow showers will be heavier north of us so I expect more of an impact up that way.

Snow showers will continue through the evening and early tonight. Snow will taper off after 8:00 pm and end by 1-:00 pm tonight. Snow accumulation from this little thing will generally be less of an inch.

A weak boundary hangs up over Lake Erie Friday night and into Saturday morning and this will keep low chances for a light snow shower through early Saturday. Those folks in the northern third of the Valley will be more likely to see any flurries or light showers.

High pressure quickly builds in Saturday afternoon to bring a fairly decent day. We should see some decent sunshine Saturday. Temperatures will also be relatively warmer. Heck, we’ll even get above freezing – something we’ve not seen here for a while.

NWS Projected maximum temperatures across Ohio for Saturday, December 16.

High pressure will remain in control through Sunday morning as a warm front lifts north through Ohio. Precipitation associated with the front will remain liquid, though. Temperatures will be well into the low 40s – too warm to support any snow Sunday afternoon and evening.

As temperatures cool off Sunday night we may get into a brief period of rain/snow mix. Accumulating snow will be slim to none.

A mostly west-to-east flow Monday and Tuesday will bring mostly dry conditions for Monday. By Tuesday a trough of low pressure will bring the chances for rain back into the forecast. We quickly dry out again on Wednesday into Thursday.

The main feature for the first half of the week will be an upper level ridge poking up through the eastern half of the country that will bring relatively warmer temperatures. Now, it won’t be 60 degrees or anything. This is winter after all. But temperatures will be noticeably warmer than what we’ve had these past seven days.


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