Occasional snow showers and squalls today; Sunny, dry and cool weekend

Scattered snow showers and quite possibly a few snow squalls will continue today as our upper level storm system continues to travel east toward the north Atlantic Coast.

Although widespread snow showers aren’t likely, snow squalls will be possible at times this afternoon as indicated by the hi-res models. No significant accumulations are expected in east-central Ohio today but if your neighborhood gets under one of these squalls you could end up with a quick thump of moderate to heavy snowfall with reduced visibility.

SIMULATED radar at 5:00 pm this afternoon from the hi-res HRRR model:

The majority of activity today will stay in the primary snow belt and east of Cleveland where an additional couple of inches of addition snow could fall. Any remaining snow showers here in the Valley will end this evening. Temperatures will remain below average today with afternoon highs in the mid 30s – about 5 – 7 degrees below where we should be.

Clouds will decrease overnight as high pressure works in to bring us a sunny and dry weekend. While we will see ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday, temperatures will remain a few degrees colder than average through the period with afternoon highs in the low 40s.

MONDAY THROUGH MID WEEK
Monday should bring a cloudier day as low pressure crosses east south of Ohio toward the mid Atlantic. Although the GFS model continues to show the northern-most track of this system the European and Canadian models keep it well to our south. I’ll stick with the southern track depicted in the Euro and keep precipitation associated with this system to the south and away from east-central Ohio.

Upper level low pressure will hang tough through at least mid week. as pockets of moisture rotate through the low, chances for snow showers will persist across east-central Ohio until high pressure pushes the low east and out of the region. I’ve kept low to moderate odds for scattered snow showers in the forecast through Wednesday.

WHEN WILL IT START GETTING WARM?
As we discussed in the blog at the beginning of the month, below normal temperatures have dominated our weather through the first days. This pattern will continue until at least mid month when some warmer temps in the 50s start to show up in the modeling.

The slight warm up looks to be brief, however. Climate models return average or below average temperatures to finish March and start April.