Snow and possible snow squalls today and tonight; Cool but dry for the weekend

The sunshine earlier this morning will be brief. Clouds associated with deep upper level low pressure moving across Lake Erie and into central Pennsylvania by this evening. This storm system will drag two waves across east-central Ohio today and provide the focus for two rounds of snow showers.

The first wave will set up around mid afternoon as our storm system moves across Lake Erie. This first round will primarily come from lake effect with the bulk of heavier snow showers keeping to our north. Generally speaking, snow showers that happen to migrate south into east-central Ohio should be light with this first round.

However, I can’t rule out a few squalls containing moderate snowfall migrating far enough south and into our northern Tuscarawas Valley communities. Should these bands materialize, we’ll have to watch for reduced visibility and a quick thump of snow.

Hi-res Futurecast radar for today through 1:00 am:

Accumulation with this first round will be generally light – not much more than a half inch or so.

We will get a short break and maybe even some clearing ahead of the second – and main wave – associated with this system arrives later this evening and continue overnight. This second batch of snow showers will be more widespread and occur after sunset. Temperatures will drop off to the low 20s again tonight, so snow will be more likely to accumulate.

Early morning modeling suggests that some bands of strong snow showers will be capable of developing with tonight’s snow. These would provide the focus for pockets of heavier snow accumulation.

Both widespread and banded snow will continue into early Friday morning but should begin to diminish by mid morning as winds turn more westerly. Chances for snow will pretty much end by lunch time Friday as drier air works its way into the region.

UPDATED SNOW TOTALS AS OF 5:00 PM THURSDAY | Previously, I had a general 1 to 2 inches of snow today through Friday afternoon. I’ve lowered those a bit this afternoon. The afternoon computer model runs all signal less snow.

I still think 1 to 2 inches will work for those communities NORTH OF NEW PHILA. These areas – especially the northeast corner of Tuscarawas County and all of Carroll County – have the best shot at getting an inch or more.

Those in New Philadelphia and south can maybe look forward to an inch or less. The bulk of snow will accumulate tonight and Friday morning when temperatures will be more favorable for snow to accumulate on roads and highways.

You could get more snow in your neighborhood if you happen to get under one of those quick-hitting and unpredictable squalls. Many folks in our area commute north for work and school, so keep in mind that snow accumulation and travel impacts will be greater as you head north.

Roads today and for the Thursday evening commute should do well as we’re only expecting light snow this afternoon and evening. However, snow overnight may present some travel concerns for the Friday morning commute. Depending on where the heaviest snow bands set up tonight, there may be some school adjustments. (I do NOT have anything to do with school delays or cancellations. Please check with your local school or listen to local media regarding school adjustments.)

The pre-treated main roads and highways should fare just fine. Secondary roads will likely be snow covered so we’ll need to be mindful of slick spots Friday morning. Even a light coating of snow can make roads slick.

Our weather will improve beginning on Saturday as high pressure takes control to dry things out and provide a generally sunny but cool weekend. Saturday will be the pick day with skies gradually clearing to become mostly sunny in the afternoon. Temperatures will remain on the cool side with highs in the low 40s.

In yesterday’s blog I talked about the next system due Sunday evening that the models were in disagreement regarding the track. The last few runs of both the GFS and European models have come into better agreement with this system staying south of Ohio as it crosses east to the mid Atlantic.

While this will bring a cloudier day to east-central Ohio on Sunday, we will stay dry with this storm taking a more southerly track. Temperatures on Sunday will remain in the low 40s.



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