Another round of messy wintry weather likely by Wednesday evening

Thinning clouds today will allow for brief periods of sunshine late today as high pressure moves in from the west. Widespread precipitation chances will return Wednesday into Thursday, with colder weather and snow heading into the weekend.

Published 02/11/2020 8:57 AM EST
Updated 10:16 AM EST

Radar returns this morning show a band of snow showers developing and crossing the region. Expect a quick hit of snow as a weak low pressure area moves through. Areas of snow will shift off to the northeast by lunchtime. Accumulation locally should be a coating.

FUTURECAST RADAR from the hi-res model for today through 1:00 AM Wednesday.

Cloud cover will break some today as high pressure over the Plains shifts east. The high will also bring a dry period to the Valley through most of Wednesday. We should finally get to see an occasional peek of much-needed sun late in the day today with an afternoon temperature in the low-40s locally.

Dry weather and similar temperatures to today will continue through the first half of Wednesday before clouds move back in over the region ahead of the next storm system. Odds for precipitation will ramp back up Wednesday afternoon/evening as low pressure approaches the Ohio River Valley and moves east across the region Wednesday night.

EUROPEAN MODEL SOLUTION of low pressure moving into the Ohio Valley late Wednesday.

Initially, precipitation is likely to start out as a mix of rain and wet snow late in the day before changing over to all rain Wednesday night. The greatest snow potential will be north of where the snow-rain line sets up. Current modeling keeps this line north of the Valley but any slight deviation southward would bring a higher potential for snow locally. Either way, any snow accumulation in our area is likely to be wiped away by the rain.

Notice that heavier accumulation is expected north of the Valley. Folks who must travel north for work/school will run into more snow piling up in those areas. Expect travel delays to increase as you go north.

The bigger concern is the potential for moderate to heavy rain with this system Wednesday night and Thursday. The ground is already saturated from recent rain and melting snow. With an additional inch to 1.5 inches expected with this system, localized flooding could occur in those local areas prone to flooding.

NWS TOTAL PRECIPITATION (including water-equivalent of snow) Through Thursday night

As the low shifts east of the area and colder air moves in behind the system’s (potent) cold front on Thursday, the rain will transition back to snow showers. Snow showers should then taper off and end Thursday night. We can expect a couple of really cold nights Thursday night and Friday night – cold we haven’t seen so far this winter.

After a couple of cold days, things begin to turn around over the weekend as high pressure returns fair weather to east-central Ohio. Temperatures Friday will start out in the low-teens but recover to the mid/upper 30s in the afternoon under a bright sun. Sunday will be a cloudier but warmer day with highs in the low-40s

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