Expect a much-needed soaking rain Sunday through Monday

A chilly start to our Saturday will transition into a pleasant autumn afternoon in the Valley. Most of our local weather stations reported temperatures in the low 40s at sunrise. It hasn’t been this cold locally since mid-May.

High pressure will bring dry and mostly sunny conditions to the Valley on Saturday. Afternoon temperatures will top out in the low-70s. If you have any outdoor yard work or other activities, today will be the day to get them finished. Some much-needed rain is on the way for tonight and Sunday.

A cold front will approach east-central Ohio tonight and slowly drift south through the region Monday morning. Locally, some scattered light rain showers will be possible Sunday morning and afternoon but the more significant and widespread rain will arrive Sunday night into Monday morning.

Rain associated with this system expands to cover a good portion of eastern Ohio and extends well back behind the front. That’s going to bring a good soaking rain to our area. Most of the current guidance suggests we could end up with an inch or so of needed rain.

The front and its associated rain shield will exit the area late in the day Monday. Colder and drier air will move in behind this system resulting in dry and seasonal temperatures for the remainder of the work week.

We really could use a good soaker at this point. About 20% of Ohio is now in drought and 80% – including the Tuscarawas Valley – is classified at abnormally dry.

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