A quick burst of snow this afternoon then cold arctic air arrives for Thanksgiving

Dry but cloudy to start this morning. Radar returns from the Cleveland area show a band of snow showers dropping south this morning. These will continue to advance toward the east-central Ohio region and arrive here about mid-afternoon.

While it will be a quick burst of snow, it could come down moderately heavy for a short time and visibility will be hampered in spots (snow squall). Snow shouldn’t last long and accumulation will be brief. Expect some gusty win with this as it comes through this afternoon.

Hi-res FutureCast simulated radar for today:

Lots of folks will be out and about today, so this may have an impact on your travels around the region. Be mindful of the possibility of a quick drop in visibility and spotty slick spots on the roads as this line moves through the region.

Today’s snow will accompany a strong arctic cold front that will bring very cold temperatures to the region over the next 36 to 48 hours.

THANKSGIVING DAY AND FRIDAY
Dry, cold arctic air will arrive tonight as high pressure builds in from the west. While high pressure will bring sunshine, temperatures will be deceivingly cold. We’ll be fortunate if the afternoon high tomorrow reaches 30 degrees. Tomorrow night will bring the coldest temperatures of the season. Most neighborhoods will drop to the upper teens by sunrise Friday.

High pressure will keep the sunshine and dry weather going through Friday. Temperatures will recover to the mid-40s for the afternoon high. But if you’re headed out early for shopping, be prepared for some cold early morning temperatures.

WEEKEND WEATHER
A warm front will approach the region Friday night with increased odds for precipitation. Temperatures will be cold enough Friday night for likely snow showers. Snow will change over to rain Saturday morning as temperatures rise toward the 40s, then upper 40s in the afternoon.

Rain showers will quickly end Saturday night as weak high pressure moves in for Sunday. Sunday looks like the brightest and driest day of the new week.

NEXT WEEK
Precipitation will return Monday as a deep upper-level trough sets up over the eastern US. This appears to have some staying power and remain our main weather maker for several days.

Initially, temperatures will remain warm enough on Monday to support rain showers. Colder air will wrap into low pressure at the surface Monday night into Tuesday and things will likely turn messy again. Rain, snow and a wintry mix will all be possible at this point. It’s a bit early to speculate on exact timing and amounts and I’ll continue to monitor the situation. I will say that this system has the potential to pack quite a punch.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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