Finally; Dry and generally sunny for the next five days with gradually warming temps

It looks like east-central Ohio will finally get a break in the cold, wet, snowy weather pattern we’ve been having lately.

A large area of high pressure will build east over the Great Lakes region and bring sunny skies to east-central Ohio through the weekend. Although temperatures will remain cooler than average on Friday they will slowly moderate to near normal by Sunday.

Afternoon high temperatures this afternoon in the Tuscarawas Valley will warm to around 55 degrees under a pretty much cloud free sky.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
A few more clouds on Saturday but we’ll remain dry and mostly sunny across the Valley. Temperatures will warm to the upper 50s north and to near 60 in our southern communities. A bit more sun on Sunday will warm all our neighborhoods to reach the low 60s.

National Weather Service Blend of Models for the next five days.

NEXT WEEK
Sunshine and warming temperatures continue to start the work week. High pressure will approach the New England states but still remain in control over eastern Ohio.

Our weather pattern begins to shift on Tuesday as low pressure travels east from the Gulf states setting up a southerly flow. Clouds will increase Monday night as moisture moves in from the Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley Tuesday. Odds for rain showers will increase south to north Tuesday afternoon as the southern moisture travels into east-central Ohio. Timing for the arrival of showers need to be worked out yet between the models.

In any event, temperatures will remain seasonal through Wednesday.

EXTENDED PERIOD
Climate models continue to signal cooler than average temperatures by a few degrees through the end of April and even into the first week to ten days in May. But, it’s beginning to look more likely that the snow showers we saw yesterday across the Valley will be our last of the season.

The National Weather Service blend of temperature modeling for the next 10 days shows temperatures, while cooler than normal, would be generally unsupportive for any appreciable snow.

Looking at the longer range from the European ensemble model, temperatures generally look to remain mild.

While May does appear to start out on the cool side, the NWS Climate Prediction Center says there are decent odds that month as a whole will be warmer than normal.

Thanks for reading the Friday edition of the Tuscarawas Valley Weather Blog. Have a great – and safe – weekend!

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