Mainly dry weather is expected through Wednesday under high pressure. Rain chances return Thursday and Thursday night with a crossing cold front.
A beautiful day today as high pressure travels east across Ohio with virtually cloud-free skies and plenty of sun. Temperatures, however, will remain near average with afternoon highs in the 46°/48° range.
High pressure will shift east tonight keeping dry and mostly clear conditions across the Valley.
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
A warm front will lift through Ohio on Wednesday and this will bring some high cirrus clouds into east-central Ohio. Filtered sunshine and warming temperatures will be the order of the day. There may be just the slightest chance for an afternoon shower with the front but with a lack of moisture and dry air at the surface, odds are not that impressive. Temperatures tomorrow afternoon will climb to the mid-50s. We will remain dry and warm Wednesday night. Temperatures overnight will generally remain in the mid-40s.
Temperatures will really take off on Thursday as a deep low pressure system approaches the upper Great Lakes region. Afternoon highs in the Valley will warm to the mid-60s and I can’t rule out a run toward 70° if we happen to get some decent breaks in the clouds. The odds for rain showers will gradually ramp up as well here in the Valley.
Rain will become more likely Thursday evening and overnight as a cold front approaches. A few thunderstorms may develop ahead of the front but current guidance suggests those will be more of a concern in western Ohio. There may even be a couple of stronger storms in that region.
Winds out of the south will also turn gusty Thursday with some gusts in the 30 to 35 mph range at times.
Temperatures Thursday night will remain warm across east-central Ohio remaining in the upper 40s.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND
A few showers may linger into Friday morning but the general trend will be improving conditions during the day with a battle between sun and clouds. Temperatures will remain fairly decent with highs in the low to mid-50s. A bit of moisture and colder air wrapping around low pressure off to the northeast will bring odds for precipitation back Friday night. As temperatures back off to around freezing after midnight, a bit of snow would also be possible.
Dry but chilly weather will resume on Saturday as low pressure shifts farther east and out of the region. Temperatures on Saturday will be back down in the upper 30s for the daytime high. A little more sun will warm us to the low 40s by Sunday.
WHEN WILL WE START TO SEE WARMER TEMPERATURES
It appears that cooler temperatures will prevail through much of next week before turning more springlike toward the end of March. Confidence is increasing that we may finally start to see a trend toward moderating temperatures as we close out March and head into April.