Dry weather will come to an end as the next system brings light rain today. Rain and snow showers will be possible Friday ahead of a drier weekend.
The first full day of spring will be a cloudy and gloomy day in the Valley. Drizzle and light rain will persist mainly during the morning and into the early afternoon. The Valley will be between system this afternoon and that should bring us a short break in the rain before another front pushes through tonight.
This second cold front will bring colder air back to the area on Friday and a bit of light snow as well – mainly in the morning. WIth the higher sun in the sky, I wouldn’t expect much snow to stick. There may be a dusting on the grass but roads and highways will just be wet.
Temperatures today (Thursday) will top out in the upper 40s to near 50°. Friday will be a chillier day with afternoon highs in the low 40s. The above freezing temperatures tomorrow will keep the potential for snow to accumulate much here tomorrow. Measurable snow will be more likely in northeast Ohio and closer to Lake Erie.
Breezy conditions on Friday will make it feel a lot colder than it really is. Those wind chills tomorrow will be a downright chilly mid-20s in the afternoon.
High pressure will return Friday night bringing the end of precipitation chances. Saturday and Sunday will be dry with a good bit of sunshine. Saturday will be the sunnier but cooler day with afternoon temperatures in the low to mid-40s. High clouds will move in from the west on Sunday but still a very nice day. Temperatures Sunday will warm to the low-50s or so.
EARLY NEXT WEEK
The next weather system has been slowly creeping southward in recent model runs so I do expect some changes in the forecast for Monday. For now, though, we will have to keep a threat for rain going on Monday as a low pressure system crosses south of the Ohio River.
IF this thing continues its southerly trend through the weekend it’s possible rain would miss us here in the Valley. Either way, temperatures should stay enough above freezing to keep any snow at bay.
Dry weather and sunshine look to return for midweek but temperatures will remain on the cool side. Another warming trend gets underway mid-week that will make it feel more like spring as we head into next weekend. It’s spring and we can expect these up-and-down temperatures swings to continue for a while.