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Dry, warm and breezy again on Friday; Rain chances increase for the weekend

Springtime warmth will continue today across east-central Ohio. Our nearly stationary warm front is currently located along the shore of Lake Erie this morning keeping a southerly flow over the region. Since temperatures didn’t drop off much overnight we start out warm this morning and today’s afternoon temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than yesterday. Highs today should reach the low 80s across the area.

Although we will have another windy day it will not be quite as windy as yesterday with gusts peaking around 30 mph this afternoon.

Today’s record high in New Philadelphia is 83 degrees set in 2015. It will be possible to match – or even break that record today. AND, the last time we had a temperature of 80 degrees or better in New Philadelphia was almost exactly 6 months ago – October 14th.

WEEKEND WEATHER
We will remain dry tonight and into Saturday morning here in the Valley. Rain chances will gradually increase Saturday afternoon ahead of the next low pressure system approaching from the Plains. As the low travels east our nearly stationary warm front will dip south a bit. Tomorrow won’t be a wash out but we can expect a cloudier day and an occasional light shower or two just about anywhere in the afternoon.

We could hear a rumble or two of thunder here Saturday but nothing severe. Severe storms are more likely west of Ohio.

East-central Ohio will remain in the warm sector of the front but with scattered showers and more clouds, temperatures will be a tad cooler Saturday with highs in the low to mid 70s.

Rain will become likely as low pressure continues to creep east Saturday night. Sunday will likely be a wash out with showers overspreading the region by the afternoon. Rain could be moderate to heavy at times with an abundance of Gulf moisture available.

HEAVY RAIN AND LOTS OF IT WILL BE POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY | Computer modeling is showing a pretty good slug of rain out of this system with the potential for an inch or two in spots across east-central Ohio.

NWS Pittsburgh has issed a Flood WATCH effective until further notice for the Muskingum River in Coshocton.

AND NOW THE BAD NEWS
That low pressure system will drag a cold front across Ohio Sunday morning. High temperatures on Sunday will likely occur in the morning with falling temperatures through the day as colder air wraps in behind the front.

This will be a pretty strong front with a sharp temperature gradient. We will see quite the temperature change through the day.

Eventually, rain showers will mix and change over to snow showers in the afternoon. Sunday afternoon will seem more like February as winds pick up and the wet snow flies. It’s not going to be a nice day.

 

The warmth of today (Friday) will be just a memory. Daytime temps Sunday will fall to the low 40s by Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK
A few scattered snow showers may stick around into first thing Monday morning but they’ll eventually change back over to scattered rain showers by early afternoon. Clouds will begin to thin out and we’ll even get into some peeks of sun Tuesday afternoon.

Temperatures will be much cooler Monday and Tuesday with afternoon highs in the mid 40s.

 

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