Our break in precipitation today will not last long. Low pressure will track over east-central Ohio from the south Friday evening/night bringing back rain showers for the Valley. Colder air will follow behind this strengthening system will result in a changeover from rain to mixed precipitation and wet snow early (pre-dawn) Saturday morning.
Weak high pressure should return dry weather to the Valley on Saturday. However, with colder air in place, temperatures on Saturday will be noticeably colder than today – colder, but not all that bad for January. Most areas around the Valley will see afternoon highs around freezing.
Conditions locally look to remain dry Saturday night but chances for precipitation will return Sunday as another wave of low pressure travels through the region. This will result in gusty winds and low odds for rain and snow showers Sunday afternoon.
Snow accumulation won’t amount to much and should come in at well under an inch locally.
An astronomical note: Sunday is Perihelion Day – the day that Earth is closest to the sun. At 2:48 AM Sunday, Earth will be 3.1 million miles closer to the Sun than it will be on July 4th (aphelion). The actual distance is 91,398,199 miles from the sun.
MONDAY AND THE LONG RANGE
High pressure will return on Monday. Despite a good deal of sunshine, temperatures will remain in the upper-30s. The next upper-level low will impact our weather Tuesday and Wednesday. Model differences make it tough to determine the track and strength of the system, however, generally, we can expect another rainy period Tuesday afternoon and a changeover to snow Tuesday evening.
Current model projections keep this a minor event with perhaps a couple of inches of snow at the most. We will need to wait until after the weekend before specifics for our area come into focus.
High pressure will bring dry weather and warming temperatures Thursday before another storm system brings precipitation back to the region Friday.
Above-normal temperatures look to prevail in the mid-range outlook.