Saturday Update: Rain today; Temperatures turn much colder tonight with a gusty wind

The Winter Weather Advisory has been canceled for Tuscarawas, Guernsey, Muskingum, Harrison, Coshocton, Holmes, Wayne counties. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Carroll, Stark counties in our area until 1:00 PM EST.

Snow amounts locally worked out pretty much as expected. Reports to the Pittsburgh NWS office from around the area are generally around an inch in the New Phila area. A report from a neighborhood just north of Dover stated 1.60″. Areas a little south in Dennison and Uhrichsville reported a half-inch of snow. I’m a few miles south of New Phila and I measured 1.25″ of snow on the deck at 5:00 AM.

A few folks are also reporting freezing rain locally with light coatings of ice on hard surfaces and tree limbs. So far I’ve not read any reports of trees down or power outages.

Of course, that’s all going to change to a slushy mess. A warm front is lifting north through east-central Ohio this morning and warmer air is working its way in overhead. Cold rain will take over as the primary precipitation type for the rest of the day. Temperatures around the Valley will warm to around 44° this afternoon with a breezy west wind.


The system’s cold front will cross our region tonight. That’s going cause some problems as all of the melting snow and rain freezes. Temperatures locally will drop to the upper teens by sunrise Sunday morning. The wind will also turn stronger tonight along and behind the front producing flash freeze conditions. Black ice will be a travel hazard tomorrow morning – especially on untreated roads, bridges, and overpasses.

EUROPEAN MODEL DEPICTION of surface temperatures at 2:00 AM Sunday. Cold air will rush in over the region behind the storm’s cold front.

Rain chances will diminish tonight as colder and drier air moves in with the cold front. Generally speaking, snow overnight will be limited to low odds. I can’t rule out a brief snow shower in any location at some point tonight but I wouldn’t expect much in accumulation locally.

Snow chances will decrease Sunday morning leaving us with a cloudy cold day. Afternoon highs tomorrow will only reach the low-20s. Breezy west winds 10 to 15 mph will make it feel much colder. A reinforcing front will sink through east-central Ohio Sunday night and this could bring another low chance for a brief snow shower.

Cold temperatures and dry conditions will stay with us for a least a few days early next week. However, temperatures will moderate some by mid week.



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