Mostly sunny and warm through Wednesday; Rain and storms for Thursday

High pressure will bring warmer temperatures and sunny skies to east-central Ohio today and Wednesday. Rain and thunderstorms are likely on Thursday with a weak cold front. Above normal temperatures are expected through the weekend.

TODAY AND WEDNESDAY
Sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures will dominate today’s forecast with just enough fair weather cumulus to add some interest to an otherwise blue sky. Temperatures this afternoon will top out at a pleasant 77 to 79 degrees across the Valley.

Warming temperatures continue on Wednesday but clouds will gradually increase through the afternoon with the approach of a warm front that will lift through the region tomorrow night. Afternoon high temperatures will heat up behind the front and most of the Tuscarawas Valley will end up in the low 80s.

Odds for showers increase after sunset Wednesday night with the approach of a cold front from the west.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Showers and perhaps a thunderstorm or two will become likely on Thursday as the cold front crosses east-central Ohio. The front is moderately weak and precipitation should be fairly light. Instability looks marginal but there is the potential for a few strong wind gusts in any storms that move through.

Storms or not, wind through the day will be noticeably stronger gusting 20 to 25 mph at times.

Drier air will quickly move in behind the front Thursday evening bringing an end to the threat for showers and storms.

FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND
Friday brings a return to dry weather across the region as high pressure passes north. The cold front that came through Thursday will reverse and return north as a warm front Friday evening. As of today, model guidance keeps precipitation with the front confined to northern Ohio. Even if our area does happen to get in on any rain, it should be light and brief.

Temperatures will soar to the upper 80s on Saturday as warm moist air settles over the region behind the front – and, looks like we’ll have the warmest day of the year so far. Warm air overhead should cap any precipitation but Saturday will be a cloudier day.

Sunday’s forecast presents a bit of a problem as our warm front once again dips south as a cold front. The main difficulty is with the timing of rain between the different models. Using today’s guidance, chances for rain look fairly low during the daytime hours with an increasing chance for spotty rain showers Sunday evening/night.

With clouds and possibly some rain around, Sunday will be a bit cooler but still an above average day with highs in the low 80s.

LONGER RANGE
In a word – WARM. The latest temperature forecast for the rest of the month from the Climate Forecast System definitely has a lot of warmth with temperatures generally above average in our part of the world.

Can there be a chilly night or two? Of course. But the general trend for the remainder of the month as a whole will be warm temperatures.

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