Colder air arrives today and sticks around for the long term

Warm, damp, and gloomy conditions this morning across the Tuscarawas Valley will gradually improve as we move into the afternoon. The much advertised cold front is just to our west this morning and will cross the east-central Ohio region shortly after lunchtime. Temperatures in the upper 60s this morning will creep downward through the afternoon and evening as colder air flows into the area behind the front.

Spotty showers around the region this morning will also clear out by the afternoon behind our front. We should see a gradual clearing trend through the evening and a nice sunset tonight.

While it will be noticeably cooler late today, the really chilly air will move in overnight as skies clear out. Temperatures across the region Friday morning will be 25 degrees colder than those this morning.

Clouds will stick around on Friday with cold air aloft trapping moisture in the mid levels. We will get into some occasional sunshine but the partly sunny conditions will help hold temperatures from warming much. Most areas will struggle to do much better than 50/52 degrees.

A disturbance will cross east-central Ohio Friday night and we will likely see light showers developing here in the Valley. With temperatures dipping to the upper 30s, this will be a cold miserable rain through early Saturday morning.

Conditions for Friday evening’s football will be more in tune with real football weather. If you’re headed out to an area game, it might be a good idea to take the rain gear. A chilly rain is possible as the game wraps up.

Light rain showers early Saturday will clear out by lunchtime as high pressure builds over Illinois and Indiana. Despite sunshine breaking out in the afternoon, afternoon highs will remain quite chilly.

Sunday will be the warmer and sunnier day of the weekend. High pressure will have shifted east setting up a southerly flow over eastern Ohio. Temperatures should warm to around 60 degrees.

As the high moves east, low pressure will approach from the west. A reinforcing cold front will bring the prospects for showers Sunday night.

There is some disagreement regarding timing and thus when showers get underway. For today’s forecast, I’ll keep Sunday dry but bring in low odds for light showers Sunday night.

Sunday night’s cold front will hang up over southern Ohio through Monday. That will keep the threat for showers in the forecast through Monday night as little disturbances ride along the frontal boundary to the south.

Tuesday and Wednesday will bring improving weather as high pressure builds west and shifts east over the Great Lakes region. Temperatures will take another hit with colder air returning with generally low 50s setting up for afternoon highs.

I posted this yesterday on our social media sites but sadly, most didn’t seem to get the idea I was trying to get across. The point I was trying to make was the idea that temperatures will take a drastic swing from above average to well below average – and likely remain below average through at least mid-month.

For those of us who enjoy warm weather, it’s over, baby. Generally speaking, it’s pretty safe to say those fall temperatures arriving today are here to stay.



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