After a couple of cool but sunny days, warm temperatures and rain return mid week

A cold front crossed the region last evening and cooler temperatures have returned to east-central Ohio. High pressure will build overhead today and that means sunshine for a change. Temperatures will remain chilly today but at least we’ll have some warm sun to help dry things out.

Expect afternoon highs today around 35 degrees in the Tuscarawas Valley. Take heart, though. Today will likely be coldest day we’ll see through the end of the month.

With mostly clear skies overnight, you will need your winter coat and gloves tonight with temperatures dipping to the mid teens.

Pleasant weather with a mix of sun and clouds will continue into Tuesday and temperatures will warm to just above average as winds shift more southerly as high pressure shifts east late in the day.

WARMER TEMPERATURES, RAIN ARRIVE MID WEEK
Our southerly flow really gets going Tuesday night into Wednesday. Warm moist southern air will rush over east-central Ohio and temperatures will become quite mild. That moist air will bring increasing clouds and chances for drizzle/rain during the morning with decent chances for afternoon showers. Despite the rain and clouds, afternoon temperatures will still warm to the low 50s in the Valley.

Temperatures will REALLY take off by Thursday as our next low pressure system drags a cold front across Ohio. This system will have a ton of moisture to work with and rain will become widespread across east-central Ohio Thursday as the day wears on.

Some rainfall could be heavy at times and we will need to monitor this system for potential localized flooding issues. More on this as we get closer to Thursday and computer guidance settles down on a more agreeable solution.

Thursday daytime highs may reach 60 degrees or so in many Tuscarawas Valley neighborhoods.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND
Temperatures will take a hit Friday behind the cold front after the unseasonably warm temps on Thursday. We’ll drop back to the low 40s for afternoon highs.

As for precipitation, rain should dominate during the day but any lingering precipitation cloud chance to some light snow after sunset Friday. Any snow that we may happen to see will not last long and with surfaces still above freezing yet, little or no accumulation should be expected.

A large area of high pressure will build in overnight Friday night and this should remain in control of our weather through the weekend keeping things dry and sunny. Temperatures will be on the cool side Saturday topping out in the upper 30s. A little warmer on Sunday with highs in the low 40s.

WEATHER HAZARDS THIS WEEK
An extended period of rain will be possible Wednesday night through Friday that may cause localized flooding issues as well as an increase in levels along streams and rivers. This potential will need close watching for weather headlines.