Gloomy Wednesday but sunshine returns on Thursday; Warmer temps on the way

The storm system that brought widespread rain to east-central Ohio yesterday has moved off to the Carolinas this morning. Moisture will remain over our area mainly this morning as the low continues tracking toward New Jersey through the day. This feature will drop a cold front across Ohio today.

With the low-level moisture hanging around we will need to keep a low chance of light showers or drizzle occurring through lunchtime and the cold front dips south of the region. Clouds will gradually break up from west to east late today and we may even see some peeks of sun this evening.

Futurecast radar from the hi-res model for today:

High temperatures near the mid-50s today will occur this morning. Temperatures will decrease in the afternoon behind the cold front. Lows tonight will dip to the mid to upper 30s across the Valley.

Meanwhile, high pressure will build in from the west tonight to dry things out and bring sunshine back to the region on Thursday. Temperatures tomorrow will still be on the cool side but at least we’ll have the sun.

A second, although weaker, cold front will cross on Friday. There will not bring much moisture with it but we will need to keep a slight chance for an isolated shower or two for the Valley through Saturday morning. Temperatures Friday should warm be near the mid-60s.

Odds of rain will diminish by Saturday afternoon as high pressure begins to move east into the region. Clouds will again begin breaking allowing for some sun in the afternoon. Temperatures will be cooler, though, with afternoon highs only reaching the mid to upper 50s.

Although temperatures will remain below average on Sunday, it will bring the beginning of what many of us consider real spring weather conditions. Surface high pressure will settle over the southeast US and an upper-level ridge will build aloft setting up a warm southerly flow. The result will be a string of dry weather with much warmer temperatures next week.

GFS model for next Tuesday shows a ridge of high pressure over the eastern US. The ridge will bring much warmer temperatures and dry weather through mid-week next week.

Although the GFS is a little more aggressive, temperatures through mid-week will warm to the upper 70s and may even flirt with 80 degrees.

Although temperatures will drop back late in the week next week they will remain seasonal through the first week of May. Could it be that we’ve seen the last of snow finally?




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