Tuscarawas Valley Weather Update 03/08/2019

Snow flurries or a light snow shower will be possible today as a disturbance crosses south of I-70. Warmer temperatures are expected over the weekend, as rain returns with Saturday night low pressure.

Clouds will dominate today with a crossing disturbance to our south. With a touch of moisture around it will generate a few snow showers mainly south of I-70 but snow flurries or light snow showers could drift far enough north and affect our southern neighborhoods during the morning hours. Anything that would migrate north would not amount to much more than a coating at best. Odds for snow will decrease this afternoon as the disturbance pushes east.

Hi-res futurecast radar through midnight:

The good weather news for today is we will finally begin to see warmer air moving in for the weekend and temperatures this afternoon will reach above freezing across the Valley. Highs this afternoon will approach 40° in most spots.

Clouds will gradually thin out some overnight and we will remain dry. Temperatures will not be quite as cold tonight with lows in the mid-20s.

WEEKEND WEATHER – WARMER BUT WET
A storm system will track out of the Plains and travel toward Lake Michigan on Saturday. The system will lift a warm front through east-central Ohio tomorrow and we will see temperatures warm through the day across the Valley. While Saturday looks to start out with a good deal of sunshine, clouds will gradually increase during the afternoon as rain showers approach. Guidance this morning suggests rain will be likely by late afternoon or early evening.

GFS MODEL PROJECTION for Saturday night. Widespread rain showers will be likely across east-central Ohio with low pressure crossing the upper Great Lakes region.

Temperatures starting out in the upper 20s at sunrise will gradually warm to the low 50s by the afternoon.

Rain showers will continue through Saturday night as the storm system crosses the upper Great Lakes and into Ontario on Sunday. A cold front associated with the system will cross east-central Ohio bringing an end to the rain showers early in the morning. A sharp gradient with the front will generate a gusty southwest wind on Sunday with the front with gusts in the 30 to 35 mph range here in the Valley.

GFS MODEL PROJECTION of wind gusts Sunday afternoon. Guest across the Valley have the potential to reach the 30 – 35 mph range at times.

Total rainfall with the weekend system will be around a half-inch to three-quarters. Temperatures will remain warm on Sunday with afternoon highs once again in the low 50s.

MONDAY THROUGH MIDWEEK
Building high pressure will bring increasing sunshine through midweek – especially on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will be a touch below average behind Sunday’s cold front with low-40s likely for the Valley. We should remain dry on Wednesday with increasing clouds ahead of an upper-level low-pressure system that will bring odds for rain showers back to the region for Thursday.

Temperatures will once again slide upwards Wednesday with highs in the low 50s. Thursday looks to be the warmest day we’ve seen for quite a while and afternoon highs across the Valley could reach the low 60s.

The big question on a lot of our minds is have we finally seen the last of the really cold weather in the Valley. Longer range outlooks paint a warm temperature pattern setting up next week that might persist through mid-month.

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some warmer than average temperatures for a change.

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