Periodic showers will continue through Thursday as a frontal boundary remains stalled in the region and several disturbances cross the upper Ohio Valley. Drier conditions are expected on Friday and Saturday.
Yet another soaking rain moved through the Valley overnight and again, most of us chalked up some more rain. Area weather stations this morning indicate an additional one-half to an inch fell in the Valley.
Since our persistent frontal boundary remains stuck over the northern third of Ohio, there is not much hope for a change in the forecast. Cloudy, dreary and wet weather will continue here in east-central Ohio today.
Showers are making their way north and we will see a slight reduction in the odds for rain during the morning. That doesn’t mean everyone will see a lull in showers, but chances are lower that most neighborhoods will have a little dry time this morning. Showers and perhaps even a thunderstorm or two will redevelop this afternoon and I expect most of us will see wet weather again later today.
FutureCast radar through midnight tonight:
And just as it’s been all this week, pockets of heavier rainfall will be possible just about anywhere – especially if a thunderstorm can tap into the juicy air that’s in place. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for our entire area through 2:00 AM Wednesday morning.
Wednesday looks a little better. I think odds for a break in the rain look fairly decent. I can’t completely rule out a shower at some point in any one location, but chances for rain tomorrow will be less than we’ve had so far this week.
Thursday looks like the next day we will need to be concerned about heavy rain and flooding. A strong low pressure system will ride along our stalled frontal boundary and bring back the threat for periods of tropical rainfall. Again, showers and thunderstorms will have an excessive amount of Gulf moisture to tap into and a potential for heavy rain and flash flooding. Even if the Flash Flood Watch is allowed to expire tonight, I do think it will be issued again for Thursday.
Friday still looks like our only day with the potential for dry weather this week. Weak high pressure will rule which will allow for clouds and occasional sunshine.
High pressure will keep things dry on Saturday. So far, it looks like a decent day with clouds and sun. Temperatures should top out at around 80° or so. It remains to be seen if the ground will be dry enough to catch up on yard work.
Chances for showers and storms will return Saturday night and remain through Sunday as high pressure shifts off to the east.
Temperatures through the weekend should generally be in the low 80s for the daytime high.
Reports upstream in Massillon and Canal Fulton indicate flooding issues along the Tuscarawas River. This water will eventually make its way south into Tuscarawas County. Luckily, we have a few dams in place to help keep flooding at a minimum here. Still, the forecast indicates that the Tusky will approach close to flood heights today and tomorrow.
Those living along the river should monitor levels and be prepared to take appropriate actions.