A couple of sunny autumn days; Rain chances return Friday night

Plenty of sunshine and dry weather is expected today and Friday with high pressure control. Chances for rain return Friday night with the possibility of a few snowflakes mixing in Saturday night into early  Sunday morning.

The Freeze Warning in place turned out to be a good call. Most neighborhoods saw temperatures drop to freezing early this morning. The coldest reading came in from the airport with 30 degrees.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO GARDNERS FROM NWS: Officially, the recent cold temperatures across the region has brought an end to the growing season. The National Weather Service will no longer issue frost advisories or freeze warnings for Carroll, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Muskingum, Guernsey, and Noble counties.

High pressure over Illinois will dominate our weather over the next 36 hours to keep east-central Ohio dry and sunny. Temperatures today will be hampered by a cool northwest flow and most places will struggle to reach 50 degrees this afternoon despite bright sun.

With high pressure centered nearly over central Ohio and clear skies overhead, it will get chilly again tonight. Most areas around the Valley will see early morning lows in the 32/34 degree range.

Clouds will increase on Friday as our high pressure system moves off to the east. Tomorrow will bring another nice autumn day with warmer temperatures under a more southerly flow.  Afternoon temperatures will get to the mid-50s in the Valley.

Temperatures should be relatively mild for Friday night football. I would recommend taking an umbrella, though. A light shower or spritz can’t be ruled out.

Our next cold front will approach from the west Friday night increasing our odds for showers. With temperatures remaining in the mid-40s overnight, any precipitation will remain as rain. The front will take most of Saturday to cross the east-central Ohio region so showers will be around for much of the day.

Temperatures will turn cold again Saturday night behind the front and any lingering precipitation could result in a few snowflakes mixing in with rain. Temperatures will be too warm for anything to stick.

Sunday will bring improving weather and a much nicer day. High pressure will approach from the west shutting down any precipitation. The day will start with some clouds but sunshine will gradually increase through the day. It will be crisp, though. Temperatures won’t do much better than the mid-40s for afternoon highs.

Fair weather will dominate our weather through mid-week. If you’ve been wanting some beautiful fall weather, this will be perfect. Sunshine galore! Temperatures will be just a bit below average, but the sunshine will make up for that.

Other than Tuesday, temperatures look to hover in the low 50s. Tuesday will be the warmest of the period with mid-50s. Nighttime lows will stick around the mid/upper 30s.

There isn’t much hope for any significant warming in the longer range. Long range outlooks from the models as well as the Climate Prediction Center keep the trend of below average temperatures going through the end of the month.

Another event we’re keeping a close eye on is the potential for unsettled weather near Halloween. While the bulk of next week looks relatively uneventful, next weekend may bring a more active weather pattern. Regardless of any storms that may or may not develop, no significant warming is in our future.



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