Precipitation will taper off through the morning as a front crosses, with a windy afternoon expected behind it. Drier weather with a cooling trend will then follow through Thursday, with precipitation chances returning late in the week.
The bulk of rain associated with a crossing cold front has shifted east to the OH/PA border this morning. While a spotty shower can’t be ruled out during the rest of the morning, most areas in east-central Ohio should remain dry during the rest of the day.
As of 8:00 AM, rain totals overnight across the region have totals anywhere from about a half inch to around an inch.
The concern today will be strong gusty wind developing behind the cold front and moving through the region this afternoon. Observed wind gusts this morning are already gusting 10 to 20 across the region. These will increase as wind aloft mix down this afternoon. Gusts of 35 to 45 mph are possible through this evening.
The wind will subside some tonight but it will still remain breezy with west wind 8 to 14 mph and gusts to 25.
Clouds will be plentiful through mid-afternoon but There may be some breaks later in the day. Temperatures will top out near 60 by midday, then drop off through the evening. We will stay dry tonight with nighttime lows around 40 degrees.
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
Weak high pressure will bring a much nicer day on Wednesday with a good dose of sunshine. It will still be a bit breezy but as strong as it will be today. Most neighborhoods will top out in the low 50s for the afternoon high.
The wind finally dies down on Thursday and the sunshine will continue under high pressure. Temperatures will be cooler as colder air starts to funnel in. We won’t do much better than the upper 40s despite the sun.
Clouds will begin increasing Thursday in advance of our next weather system.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND
Our next storm system will track through the Great Lakes on Friday. Odds for rain showers will increase Thursday night ahead of Friday’s cold front. Temperatures Thursday night will be cold enough that a few snowflakes could mix in with the rain before dawn on Friday.
Friday will not be a very nice day. Temperatures will be chilly and a cold rain will settle over the region. Breezy wind at times will only add to the nastiness of the day. Temperatures will only reach the mid 40s for the afternoon high.
As the low shifts east Friday night, colder air will wrap around the system. Rain showers will again change to snow that could persist into early Saturday morning. Snow accumulations are possible along the eastern snow belt counties, but we won’t see any such thing here.
The main story for Saturday will be the cold – likely the coldest of the season so far. Although skies will clear and we’ll get a good bit of sunshine, temperatures will only reach the upper 30s in most locations. And, with only a few clouds around Saturday night, we’ll drop to the mid-20s for the first time this season.
Sunday looks a little warmer, uneventful and dry. Temperatures will still be a little chilly but thankfully better than Saturday with afternoon highs in the low 40s.
Folks who have been anxiously awaiting the cold will finally see some progress. A dip in the jet stream will bring some of the coldest temperatures to the region over the next week.
Cold temperatures will highlight the longer range with below average temperatures settling in through mid-month.
Thanks for reading today’s weather update. Have a great Tuesday!