Rain odds increase this evening; Strong thunderstorms possible Wednesday

A gorgeous start for a mid-June day in the Valley with sunshine, comfortable temperatures and low dew points. Those mostly clear skies will cloud up this afternoon as a warm front approaches from the south and lifts through east-central Ohio late tonight.

Initially, the best odds for any showers or storms will be south of I-70 and east of I-77. Eventually, spotty showers will spread north into east-central Ohio this evening as moisture increases behind the front. Odds for showers and storms here in the Tuscarawas Valley will become much higher around and after sunset.

Simulated radar from the hi-res model through midnight:

With a lack of much instability and upper-level shear, nothing strong or severe is likely. Temperatures this afternoon will be about average with most neighborhoods reaching 80 degrees.

The region of showers and storms will be slow to leave the area and a few may linger into early Wednesday morning. Odds for showers and thunderstorms will increase Wednesday afternoon with a cold front. The late afternoon to early evening timing looks nearly ideal for chances of severe thunderstorms.

The Storm Prediction Center has portions of our area highlighted for a slight risk (2/5). Strong wind gusts will be the primary threat with Wednesday late-day storms.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Wednesday night showers and storms should exit the region by midnight. Surface high pressure will build under a strong ridge shutting down any precipitation chances for the end of the work week.

Temperatures will stick to average on Thursday behind the front warming a degree or two on Friday. Skies should remain mostly clear and sunny both days.

HEATING UP OVER THE WEEKEND
High pressure will shift east over the weekend setting up a warm, moist southerly flow over the region. Temperatures and dew points will increase into the low 80s on Saturday – upper 80s to near 90 on Father’s Day.

Not only will it be increasingly warm, but increasing southern moisture will bring summertime humidity back to the Valley. You’ll want to spend the day with dad at a pool or lake on Father’s Day.

Hot temperatures and muggy conditions will continue into Monday to begin the new work week.