Sunday Weather: Expect more showers and thunderstorms today

Most areas across the Tuscarawas Valley received a good dose of rain again Saturday evening. Anywhere from a half to around an inch fell in most of our neighborhoods. Thankfully, we did not see any cells that produced the torrential rainfall like those on Friday in eastern parts of the Valley.

Unfortunately, the area had one fatality related to Friday night’s flash flood event in eastern Tuscarawas County. Folks, flood water is dangerous stuff. The weather service does not use the term Flash Flood Emergency very often. It’s reserved for the most dangerous situations. Friday night was particularly dangerous with nearly 5 inches of rain falling in the Roswell area in about an hour’s time.

Sunday morning will bring a break in the rain, but periodic showers and thunderstorms will continue mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. The threat for severe thunderstorms is marginal again today. A couple of isolated thunderstorms could produce gusty winds but widespread severe storms are not expected.

Hi-res futurecast suggests the best chances for showers and storms today will be mainly this afternoon and this evening. Rainfall may be heavy at times, so we will need to be aware of the potential for flash flooding again today.

The NWS Weather Prediction Center is forecasting the heaviest rainfall is more likely in western Ohio today. Generally, we can expect to see an additional inch of rain in our area today.

The frontal system responsible for our weekend rain should get pushed far enough south late tonight bringing an end to showers and storms in east-central Ohio. Cloud cover today will hold afternoon highs to the upper 70s.

Computer models continue to indicate that the frontal boundary will be far enough south of the region to give us a break in the heaviest rain for Monday. Scattered showers will remain a threat mainly during the afternoon and evening.

Odds for showers and thunderstorms will ramp up again on Tuesday as the next storm system crosses the Great Lakes.

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