Sprinkles today and turning breezy tonight; Morning rain and gusty wind on Election Day

An active pattern will set up this week. After morning sprinkles move out, mostly dry weather will move into the area for later today and early this evening. A strong cold front across the region early on Tuesday. Fair weather will return Wednesday and Thursday. The next cold front arriving on Friday will bring chilly weekend temperatures.

Lingering light showers/sprinkles will shift east this morning as a dry slot moves in from the west. While I do not expect much in the way of clouds clearing out this afternoon, Most areas should remain mostly dry and temperatures this afternoon will warm to around 60 in most neighborhoods.

Clouds will dominate tonight as a strong low-pressure system approaches and travels northeast across the Great Lakes on Tuesday. The low will drag a strong cold front across east-central Ohio tomorrow morning. This morning’s models continue the trend of bringing the front through earlier in the day which will limit instability and lower the odds for strong thunderstorms.

Hi-res futurecast simulated radar through 1:00 am Tuesday:

For those getting out early to vote Tuesday morning, rain, and maybe a few rumbles of thunder, will be likely after midnight tonight and into early Tuesday morning. Rain will slowly taper off mid to late morning as the front shifts east. A spotty shower can’t be ruled out during the afternoon at some point, but the general trend will be drier conditions.

Rain could be heavy at times tonight, but our main concern will be wind moving into the region on Tuesday afternoon. It will turn breezy with southwest winds around 12 to 17 mph with gusts approaching 40 mph at times. Gusty winds combined with the wet ground may lead to power outages.

Surface wind projection (knots) from the HRRR (High Resolution Rapid Refresh) model at noon on Tuesday. Gusts could reach 40 mph in some places.

Winds will remain gusty Tuesday night and into Wednesday finally subsiding Wednesday evening.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
High pressure will bring dry weather to east-central Ohio Wednesday and Thursday. After daytime highs in the 60s on Tuesday, temperatures will trend downward through the end of the work week. Highs Wednesday afternoon will remain mild with the mid-50s for the high but cool to the mid-40s on Thursday. At least there will be sunshine!

Nighttime lows will dip to freezing Wednesday night. Not quite as cold Thursday night but still a chilly 35-ish.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND
Precipitation chances will begin to increase Thursday night ahead of the next low-pressure system and cold front due on Friday. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of seeing the first snowflakes of the season mixing in with light rain early Friday morning. Of course, none would stick.

Friday will be yet another dreary day with plenty of clouds. Temperatures will peak in the mid-40s for the high in the morning with falling temperatures in the afternoon. Much much cooler air will move in behind the front Friday night and most places will dip to the upper-20s.

Sunshine will return on Saturday but it will be a very chilly day. Temperatures won’t get out of the upper 30s. Veteran’s Day will bring more clouds but still a nice late autumn day with highs in the low-40s.

The coldest air of the season will move in over the weekend and persist through next week.

Precipitation is also possible and with these kinds of temperatures, I don’t need to tell you what that may mean. It looks like we might start looking in the back of the closet for those heavier jackets.

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