Weekend Outlook: Not so nice

Low pressure crossing the Great Lakes will spread a wintry mix and rain across east-central Ohio through the weekend.

Although we will remain mainly dry but cloudy Friday and Friday night, a storm system approaching the Great Lakes region from the west will spread a mixed-bag of precipitation types across east-central Ohio over the weekend. The bulk of the precipitation will be rain, but there will be periods throughout the weekend for freezing rain and snow as well.

Precipitation will spread west to east Saturday morning as the system approaches the region. With air temperatures in the upper-20s early Saturday morning, there is a small chance that ground temperatures could be cold enough to support a brief period of freezing rain. This will depend on how early rain/drizzle gets underway. The latest guidance suggests light rain will move in later in the morning. Snow or a rain/snow mix will also be possible until air temperatures can warm to the mid-30s late Saturday morning or early afternoon.

NAM3k (North American Model): Precipitation will spread west to east Saturday morning as a storm system approaches the Great Lakes.

Little to no ice accumulation is expected Saturday morning.

Air temperatures are forecast to warm enough by the afternoon and all precipitation should be rain through the bulk of the day. After dropping briefly through early Saturday night, temperatures will warm overnight Saturday night behind a warm front. Precipitation should fall as rain Saturday night.

With temperatures warming into the low-50s Sunday, any precipitation through the daytime hours will be rain. Colder air will enter into the picture once again Sunday night behind the system’s cold front. Winds will increase Sunday with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range Sunday afternoon.

Southwest winds will turn gusty Sunday afternoon with gusts 20 – 25 mph.

Wet snow will mix with rain around 10:00 PM/midnight Saturday night before changing over to all snow after midnight. Wet snow showers are possible through sunrise Monday. Scattered wet snow showers will be possible Monday morning before changing over to rain after 9:00 AM. Chances for precipitation will taper off before ending Monday afternoon.

Little to no snow accumulation is expected.

National Weather Service snow accumulation forecast through Monday morning.

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