A warm front stretched across northern Ohio will continue pushing farther north today keeping snow shower activity well north of east-central Ohio and the Tuscarawas Valley area. We should remain dry with cloudy skies this afternoon and afternoon temperatures will warm to the low 40s as warm air behind the front surges northward.
Hi-res FutureCast radar through 1:00 AM tonight:
We’ll stay dry through early Saturday morning before the front begins to shift south. Eventually, it will meander far enough south and bring in moisture from the south by Saturday afternoon allowing for light rain showers/drizzle to spread across the region. The Valley will remain in the warm sector and surface temperatures will keep relative warm, so any precipitation Saturday afternoon will remain liquid (rain).
Concerns for light freezing rain/drizzle creep into the forecast Saturday evening through Sunday morning as temperatures cool. Although I do not see this as a big ice storm or anything, there may be enough freezing rain/drizzle late Saturday night into Sunday morning to cause some icing on hard surfaces and some slick spots on roads.
My confidence in freezing rain/drizzle has increased with the morning model runs and I think most neighborhoods will end up seeing at least SOME through the period. Freezing rain and or drizzle should taper off and end by 9:00/10:00 AM Sunday. Again – this doesn’t look to be a big ice event but there will be enough to cause some travel problems.
Temperatures on Sunday will be a tad cooler than Saturday but we will still remain a handful of degrees above freezing. Precipitation on Sunday mid morning through the afternoon will stay liquid.
As temperatures cool off to freezing Sunday evening, any leftover precipitation will change over to light snow. Little or no accumulation is expected and the snow should end shortly after midnight.
High pressure will pay us a visit on Monday and bring us a sunny but slightly cooler day with afternoon highs in the upper 30s.
The next system will arrive on Tuesday followed by perhaps another on its heels on Wednesday. The good news with this is that we will enter into a warming pattern and any precipitation associated with these systems will be rain. Temperatures will warm to the mid/upper 40s through the period.
Rain showers, coupled with warm temperatures and a melting snow pack will bring in the potential for water and flooding issues. We will need to monitor closely going forward.