After light weekend snow, warmer leading up the Thanksgiving

Light rain showers associated with a cold front this morning will continue to push east and exit the region The general trend today will be improving weather and even some sunshine during the afternoon. Our high temperature for today has occurred this morning. Temperatures will flatline in the low-40s or maybe drop slightly during the rest of the day with a breezy northwest wind.

FRIDAY WEATHER MAP

Dry conditions will continue tonight through the first half of Saturday. Mostly clear skies tonight will allow temperatures to drop into the mid-20s before sunrise Saturday. Clouds will thicken up again Saturday afternoon as the next storm system approaches from the southwest. Odds for rain showers will gradually increase and become likely by Saturday afternoon.

As temperatures become colder after sunset, look for wet snow to mix in with the rain before all precipitation changes over to snow Saturday night into Sunday morning. The relatively warm ground and high snow moisture content will limit any local accumulation to less than an inch mainly on grassy surfaces.

LOW PRESSURE will track east along the Ohio River Valley Saturday and Saturday night spreading rain showers across east-central Ohio. Rain will transition to snow showers Saturday night. Snow accumulation will be limited to less than an inch.

Snow showers may persist into early Sunday morning but Sunday will eventually become brighter as clouds thin in the afternoon. Temperatures for both days will be cooler than average with afternoon highs around mid-40-ish.

WEEKEND RAIN TOTALS should amount to around a quarter of an inch or so locally Friday night through Sunday morning.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
Dry weather returns Sunday evening through Tuesday as an upper-level ridge of high pressure builds back in over the region. with a nice southwest flow in place, temperatures will trend warmer through the period. Afternoon high temperatures will climb to the mid-50s by Tuesday.

UPDATE ON NEXT WEEK’S STORM
Computer modeling is beginning to lean toward decent agreement on the mid-week storm system we’ve been discussing all week. Generally speaking, Low pressure will likely develop in the southern Midwest on Tuesday crossing into the Great Lakes and continuing northward by Wednesday. A cold front associated with the system will spread precipitation sometime late Tuesday with precipitation likely on Wednesday.

EUROPEAN MODEL for Wednesday morning. Inconsistencies remain between models and model runs regarding the north/south track of this system which will make for forecast changes regarding precipitation types going forward.

Uncertainty remains with regards to the exact track of the system and this will impact precipitation types and timing for eastern Ohio. For now, the forecast will bring increasing chances for rain showers Tuesday night into Wednesday. The north/south track as the system treks across the Great Lakes will need to be watched closely for the potential of wrap-around snow showers behind the system’s cold front. Potentially gusty winds may also have an impact on holiday travel on Wednesday.

THANKSGIVING AND FRIDAY
Fair weather looks to return as high pressure slides east across Ohio through Friday. Temperatures, however, will return to the mid-40s behind Wednesday’s cold front.

LONG RANGE
Slightly cooler than average temperatures are forecast to set up as we head into December. That blob of colder air out to the west is likely to migrate east in a modified fashion.

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