Updated Wednesday rainfall projections and timing

Gusty winds and a decent amount of rain will accompany a cold front due early Wednesday morning.

Low pressure will travel east across the Great Lakes and drag a strong cold front through Ohio tonight through Wednesday. Widespread rain will develop early Wednesday morning here in the Valley with this system.

GFS MODEL AT 8:00 AM WEDNESDAY indicates rain spreading over east-central Ohio as a cold front crosses.

Rain is most likely to get underway by 5:00 AM and continue into late morning. Rain will eventually become scattered showers before tapering off and ending by mid-afternoon. A thunderstorm or two cannot be ruled out. Any storms will be non-severe.

Note that tomorrow’s high temperature for the day will occur in the morning with temperatures falling behind the cold front in the afternoon. Highs around 52°/54° will fall to around 48° by 5:00 PM – 46° by sunset.

Winds out of the west will turn gusty tomorrow with gusts possibly as high as 25 to 30 mph at times. Gusty winds and scattered showers will continue into Wednesday night.

The heaviest rainfall will occur in east-central Ohio. Rain totals through Thursday morning will be a half to one inch locally.

If the rainfall projections pan out, it will help with the drought conditions currently ongoing in Ohio.

Thursday will be a chilly and blustery day here in the Valley. Afternoon highs won’t do much better than the upper 40s. A gusty northwest wind will make it feel much colder. Occasional gusts to 25 mph will be possible.

Temperatures will slowly recover back to around average by the weekend. The next storm system and cold front will set up for mid-week next week.

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