Precipitation is expected through Wednesday as a slow moving low pressure, and its associated cold front, approach and cross the region.
And…. the not so wonderful winter weather continues. Although we will continue to have misty, foggy, and drizzly conditions through the morning, rain will continue to lift in from the south this afternoon. A few snowflakes may mix in with the rain but any accumulation locally should stay around a half of an inch or less. Any rain/snow mix will likely end by mid-afternoon.
Rain showers will become steadier and heavier this evening and tonight.
Rain will likely continue through Tuesday with a warm front lifting south to north. Again, there is abundant moisture available and rainfall may be heavy at times. Rainfall totals over the region through Tuesday night could amount to three-quarters to 1.25 inches.
With the Tusky and area streams already running high from last week’s snow melt and rain, the additional rain over the next 72 hours will raise flooding concerns again. In response, the NWS has issued a Flood Watch for all of east-central Ohio.
TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
A low-pressure system will travel across the Great Lakes region Tuesday through Wednesday dragging a cold front across east-central Ohio Tuesday night. Gusty wind and colder air will accompany the front. East winds will pick up TONIGHT as the system approaches shifting southeast on Tuesday before swinging around from the west Tuesday night behind the front.
Gusts tonight through Tuesday night could reach 30/35 mph at times, which brings another problem. Wet soggy ground means weakened trees. I would expect scattered power outages due to the prolonged period of moderately strong winds.
Rain showers will again change back to snow early Wednesday morning with snow showers lingering into Wednesday before tapering off Wednesday afternoon. It will be windy as well on Wednesday so blowing snow might bring visibility issues for drivers. The Valley may end up with around an inch of fresh snow on the ground.
Snow will end Wednesday by mid-afternoon allowing for a brief period of dry weather on Thursday. Like I said, brief. The next system moves in Thursday night bringing back likely odds for rain showers once again. Yet another system will keep precipitation in the forecast through the weekend.
Warmer than average temperatures late in the week will return to more seasonal values by the weekend.
Precipitation this week – rain and snow- could top 2 inches which will bring rising water levels for area waterways. We will continue to post updated forecasts for the Tuscarawas River and Stillwater Creek for those folks who need to keep updated.