Mainly dry and cloudy weather is expected most of today. Precipitation chances return by this evening, with a brief window for freezing rain or drizzle tonight into Friday morning.
The east-central Ohio region should remain dry for the bulk of today. Upper-level clouds will thin out but as they do mid-level clouds will fill in as slightly warmer air slides in over the region this afternoon. A few flurries or light snow is possible but dry air will eat up most of any snow before it reaches the ground. Still, a peak or two of sunshine may be possible between the clouds late this afternoon.
Temperatures will also try to warm up a little today. It won’t be shorts weather but at least we’ll warm above freezing – something we’ve not done this week.
Light precipitation will try to work into the region this evening with a crossing disturbance. This should not amount to much but it will bring a threat for freezing rain or drizzle later tonight. Temperatures aloft will warm above freezing and the ground is frozen. Any light rain or drizzle will freeze on those frozen surfaces.
The best window of opportunity for freezing rain in the area will be after sunset this evening through early Friday morning. Confidence in the amount and timing is pretty low, but just remain cautions if you’re out this evening and tonight for the potential. It won’t be a big ice storm or anything but even a very thin layer of ice can cause problems on untreated roads and sidewalks.
Temperatures should warm to above freezing after sunrise Friday morning. Any frozen precipitation will then become rain. Odds for a shower will diminish in the afternoon.
If you’re heading to the tree lighting in New Phila Friday evening, chances are better that it will be dry. I can’t completely rule out a light sprinkle or two, but the odds are pretty low. Temperatures will be chilly, but at least it will be above freezing.
Much better chances for rain will arrive on Saturday as an upper-level low approaches dragging a warm front into the region. Saturday looks like a complete wash out with widespread rain getting underway in the morning and sticking around through much of the day. On the plus side, it will be almost balmy compared to recent temperatures. Most neighborhoods will reach the mid 50s for the afternoon high.
Rain will continue Saturday night and temperatures overnight will hold fairly steady in the low 50s. That rain will finally push east of the region Sunday morning leaving us with a dry afternoon with some occasional sunshine. Temperatures will remain mild and afternoon highs will warm to 60°.
Of course Sunday’s warm temperatures will not stick around long. It is December after all.
A cold front will move through the Great Lakes region on Monday. That will bring rain showers initially before temperatures cool behind the front. Rain will change to snow showers in the afternoon as temperatures drop to frezing again. Upper level low pressure will then keep at least a low threat for occasional snow showers going through mid week.
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