Rain/snow showers today; Drying out for Thanksgiving

An unsettled weather pattern the first part of the week as several upper-level disturbances pass. It is going to be a cold Thanksgiving as daytime highs struggle to reach 32°. The best chance for snow showers arrives Wednesday, but nothing widespread with little if any accumulation.

Weak low pressure tracking through the Ohio Valley will bring a dreary and chilly day for the east-central Ohio region. Patchy rain, drizzle, and fog will become all rain by late morning. With clouds and rain dominating through much of the day, temperatures will only reach the upper 30s for afternoon highs.

Simulated hi-res radar through 2:00 AM Tuesday:

A cold front will drop south through the region tonight and with colder air, more in the way of snow will be possible. Drier air behind the front will limit the potential for accumulating anything other than a light coating locally through Tuesday morning. Better chances for accumulating snow will say to the north.

With a bit of dry air and brief high pressure, clouds should thin some on Tuesday with some occasional sun in the afternoon. It will be another chilly day with temperatures hovering around the mid-30s for the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY AND THANKSGIVING – TURNING MUCH COLDER
A second and stronger cold front will swing through on Wednesday but this one has very little moisture to work with. Despite the lack of precipitation with this one, it will bring another shot of very cold air to east-central Ohio.

Expect a dry day with a decent amount of sun on Thanksgiving Day, but it’s going to be downright cold. Temperatures will struggle to get above freezing.

For comparison, here are the high temperatures for November 22 over the past 20 years. This year’s highs will rival 2000 and 2008.

If you’re headed out Thanksgiving night to shop for deals, bundle up. Temperatures will dive to the low 20s.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Dry weather will continue into Friday and temperatures will begin to show signs of warming closer to normal. Temperatures should hover around average through Sunday.

Odds for precipitation will increase due to an upper-level trough developing over the eastern US. Surface low pressure will travel into the Ohio Valley region with advancing rain by Saturday. As low-pressure shifts east, colder air will wrap around the system Sunday night resulting in a return to cooler temperatures early next week.

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