Weather Edge for Friday, December 7, 2018

High pressure will continue to move in from the west today. As it migrates eastward, drier air will move into the region. The dry air at the surface and aloft will keep clouds to a bare minimum this morning. A few clouds may move in this afternoon but our skies will remain mostly sunny today.

It’s chilly, though. That dry air is cold and temperatures this afternoon will not do much better than 30°/32° despite the sunshine.

The really good news today is that this high pressure will keep us dry and mostly sunny right through the weekend. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a decent sunny period. While temperatures will stay below average through the weekend, at least it will be sunny and bright.

Not everyone will be so blessed, though. A strong storm system will travel west to east across the mid south over the weekend. The storm will bring a wintry mess to areas that do not have the infrastructure in place to deal with snow and ice. I expect to see a lot of horror stories come out of this area over the weekend as snow and ice cripple states that can’t handle such weather well.

This storm will stay well to our south thanks to strong high pressure. We’ll see no impacts from it here in east-central Ohio.

High pressure will continue to bring dry and clear weather to east-central Ohio through mid-week. We will even see temperatures warm into the mid-30s Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday could warm to the 40° area.

The next storm system that will bring precipitation back to the region will arrive on Thursday. There is chaos between all the models regarding precip types associated with this next system, though. For now, I just went with the potential for both rain and snow in the late week forecast. This will change as the models start to agree on a dominate p-type. Either way, this will finally bring an end to the sunny and dry weather streak.

While it won’t be shorts and tee shirt weather, the longer range climate models paint a warm pattern through mid-month. By warm I mean warmer than average. Of course, it’s December and our average highs around the middle of the month are right around 40°.

Colder air looks to return to the eastern US after the first of the year.

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