Falling temperatures today accompanied by showers; Chances for freezing rain tonight and into the morning commute

Temperatures this morning remain rather warm with most neighborhoods across east-central Ohio in the mid to upper 60s to start the day. The warm temps will begin to fall later this morning and continue a downward trend through the remainder of the day with the passage of a cold front around mid morning. By the time we head home from work at 5:00, temperatures should be in the mid 40s.

We actually broke the high temperature record early this morning with a high in New Phila of 71 degrees at 12:55 AM. The old record was 66 set last year.

Showers will accompany the boundary as it slips south through the Tuscarawas Valley. Moisture is not all that impressive and today’s rain chances will decrease once we get into the cooler air this afternoon.

Our front will hang up south of the region tonight and allow for additional moisture to flow into the region. Temperatures will generally remain warm enough to support rain but some modeling – the NAM for one – insists that temperatures close to the surface could become cold enough to support freezing rain late tonight after midnight and early Thursday morning.

NAM (North American Model) simulated radar for 6:00 AM Thursday morning depicts a period of freezing rain that may occur during part of the Thursday morning commute.

Should this be the case, early morning commuters may have to deal with some freezing rain/drizzle. sleet during the early morning commute.

This should not turn out to be a big impact event. Temperatures will be borderline and the ground is still fairly warm. I’d be careful on bridges and overpasses since these are exposed more to the air temperature. If slick spots develop you’ll notice them here first.

Any freezing rain should end after 9:00 AM or so as temperatures warm to above freezing leaving us with just a cold rain through the rest of the morning. Eventually the rain will exit leaving us with a cloudy but dry afternoon.

Temperatures will be a lot cooler tomorrow with highs around 43/45 across the Valley.

Our wet pattern continues into the weekend. More rain will arrive on Friday with the next front moving in from the west. Once again, rain will spread across all of east-central Ohio. It will be warm, though. Temperatures on Friday should reach the low 60s for most neighborhoods.

Things don’t look much better for Saturday as yet another slug of rain showers move in from the west. Sunday will be much like today with the warmest part of the day in the morning. Temperatures will fall in the afternoon accompanied by some fairly still wind.

With all of this rain on the table for an extended period of time, flooding issues will something to watch for over the next several days. Some of the modeling indicates three inches of rain will be possible today through Sunday night. That’s a lot of water.

Dry and cooler weather should return early next week.



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