The storm system that brought rain yesterday and snowflakes last night is pulling away from the region this morning. The good news is today will be the coldest day of the week and it looks like this may just be winter’s last attempt to hang on. All of today’s modeling suggests a more springlike pattern developing this week and sticking around into mid-April.
Dryer air will invade east-central Ohio as our Sunday afternoon progresses but with a cold flow out of the northwest, a brief snow shower or two can’t be ruled out today. Anything that happens to develop will have little impact and area roads should just be wet. FutureCast Radar for today through midnight:
Clouds will remain tough but we should begin to see them break late in the day and continue thinning overnight. Temperatures today will remain chilly and a breezy north wind will make it feel like winter again. As skies clear out overnight, temperatures will tank to the low 20s by early Monday morning.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
High pressure will bring a string of dry and sunny days to the Valley through mid-week. Temperatures will remain seasonably cool on Monday but generally trend warmer each day. Tuesday afternoon temperatures will reach the low-50s then continue warming to around 60° by Wednesday.
There is some model disagreement concerning a stalled boundary across central Ohio on Wednesday. For now, I’ll continue with a dry forecast for the Valley since the parent low pressure system associated with this is still way off to the west. Changes in the forecast will be possible midweek with this system but if spotty showers do develop they would likely hold off until Wednesday night. At the very least I do expect to see clouds moving back in overnight Wednesday.
THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND
A weak stationary boundary in place locally and low pressure centered over Missouri will set up a southerly flow over east-central Ohio on Thursday. I would expect to have a dry but cloudier day then odds for rain increasing Thursday night as the low makes its way east.
Friday looks like a wet day locally with rain showers tapering off Friday late in the day and ending Friday night as the low exits.
High pressure will return the sunshine for Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures Friday will remain seasonal with afternoon highs in the low 60s, A tad cooler over the weekend with highs in the upper 50s to around 60°.
The longer range outlook looks to bring mainly springlike temperatures through mid-month.