Quiet weather New Year’s Night; Rain returns as we approach the weekend

Happy New Year! Skies will remain mostly clear overnight under high pressure. Temperatures will not be quite as cold tonight either and most neighborhoods should stay right around freezing for the early Thursday morning low. Light south winds will make for some bearable wind chills, too.

Thursday will stay dry but we will start to see clouds increasing in the afternoon ahead of low pressure advancing out of the Midwest. Temperatures on Thursday will return to the upper-40s. Rain will overspread east-central Ohio Thursday night as the system lifts a warm front through the region. We should see a brief dry period at some point during the day Friday but widespread rain will return Friday evening/night. Friday will be a warm January day with highs in the low-50s.

NWS WEATHER MAP for Friday AM

Rain showers look to continue into Saturday as the low travels through Ohio dragging a cold front across the region. We can expect a period of rain/snow becoming all snow briefly as colder air moves in behind the front Saturday night. Sunday looks dry as the system pulls off to the east.

Total rain through the period should amount to around an inch locally. Since it will be spread out over a 24 – 36 hour time period, flooding issues are not anticipated.

NWSWPC TOTAL RAIN PROJECTION through Sunday morning.

Not quite as warm on Saturday as it will be on Friday. Sunday will bring a return to seasonal temperatures with the passage of the cold front.

Temperatures will remain about where they should be for early January through mid-week next week before warming back to above average by next weekend.

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