Friday Update: Cool and unsettled weather ahead of a nice warm up next week

High pressure that brought sunshine to east-central Ohio yesterday will weaken and dissipate this morning and a weak, slow moving cold front will approach from the west. While these weather features will bring clouds to the region today, showers should hold off until late this afternoon or this evening. And, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a thunderstorm move through this evening.

Simulated radar from the hi-res model for today through 1:00 am Saturday:

We can expect clouds and sun today with temperatures around 65/67 degrees for afternoon highs.


Spotty showers will move into the region this evening and tonight with the front. But we should get a break in those scattered showers ahead of a second – and stronger –  cold front that will cross Saturday morning. This front will bring much better odds of rain over the region – especially during the morning hours.

Saturday’s showers will become more scattered in the afternoon and clouds will hang in there for the majority of the day. With the rain and clouds around temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 40s to near 50 across the Tuscarawas Valley.

Gardeners take note: Temperatures Saturday night will dip to around freezing. If you have jumped the gun on your planting, take precautions.

Sunday will bring a much nicer day to the area as high pressure builds in the west over Illinois. Although our temperatures will remain quite cool for late April, mostly sunny skies should rule the day. Expect afternoon highs in the low 50s.

A TEMPORARY shift in our weather pattern will get underway on Monday as an upper-level ridge builds over the eastern US along with surface high pressure over the Ohio Valley. This will set up a string of days with abundant sunshine and warming temperatures through mid-week.

Temperatures will warm to the mid-60s on Monday and reach the mid-70s on Tuesday. Many neighborhoods will see highs near the 80-degree mark on Wednesday.

Severe weather looks to develop in the central Plains by next Wednesday and already the Storm Prediction Center has the region highlighted in a 30-percent risk – six days out!

I mention this because the frontal system responsible for Plains severe weather will travel east and arrive in Ohio late next week. While it is a bit too early to determine if severe storms survive long enough to make it to Ohio, the system will bring changes to our weather for next weekend.

One of those changes will be a return of below average temperatures for east-central Ohio next weekend. I don’t see temperatures as cool as this weekend, but we will most likely dip back to the 60s for afternoon highs.

Thanks for relying on for our local weather. Have a great weekend!



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