Cold with scattered snow showers today and tonight; Wet but warmer for the weekend

Quite the temperature change this morning behind the cold front discussed in yesterday’s update. Not only do we have cold temperatures this morning, but also wind chills in the upper teens. Temperatures this morning are in the upper 20s across the Valley and they won’t warm much more than a handful of degrees today. Highs this afternoon will only reach 30/31 degrees. A gusty northwest wind will keep wind chills in the upper teens to low 20s this afternoon.

Snow accumulation from overnight showers was light. I did receive a few messages this morning via social media of slick road conditions mainly on our untreated secondary roads. But, as a general rule, travel impacts are minimal. Just be mindful of the back roads today while you’re out and about.

While I can’t 100-percent rule out a spotty snow shower through the early afternoon we should remain snow-free for much of the day. Better odds for scattered snow showers will set up during the mid-afternoon through this evening time frame.

SIMULATED radar from hi-res FutureCast through midnight:

Like snow overnight, activity this afternoon and tonight will come from bands of lake effect snow showers off the Great Lakes under that northwest flow. As such, I wouldn’t expect much accumulation here in the east-central Ohio region. Most areas here in the Valley will end up with another half inch to an inch today through Wednesday evening.


Impacts will be much of the same. The main roads should be fine except for bridges and overpasses. Untreated secondary roads will have slick spots. You all know the drill.

High pressure nudges in by Wednesday and this should bring an end to scattered snow showers. Temperatures will remain below freezing yet but those cold temperatures will begin to recover some by Thursday. Cloud cover will lessen as well and we will even get into some spotty sunshine.

The next low pressure system moves through the region on Friday. Modeling is in pretty good agreement at this point bringing rain chances into the picture Thursday night and Friday as the system approaches. Widespread rain will continue through much of Saturday.

On the plus side, temperatures will climb to above average values through the weekend. Afternoon highs will reach the low 50s Saturday and near the mid-50s by Sunday.

That colder air out west won’t stay bottled up, though. Longer range modeling shows that cold air migrating east and next weekend will bring colder temperatures back to the eastern US.

One system that MIGHT be in the works to start the cold process is a storm system early next week depicted on the models. It is a week out so the track and strength will most likely be incorrect. Someone will get a good snow out of it, but exactly where and when will come into focus later in the week. It does bear some watching as the models chew on the data over the coming days.

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