Snow squalls possible tonight as much-colder air arrives

Published 9:37 AM EST 02-13-2020

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Wet snow showers will continue today as a trough of low pressure travels east across the region. We should see them taper off this afternoon for a while but snow chances will increase tonight as a strong cold front sinks south through east-central Ohio. We shouldn’t see much snow locally during the daytime hours – maybe a half-inch or so looks likely. Temperatures today will stay fairly constant around 34°.

Tonight we’ll have to watch for a snow squall or two as some of the coldest air of the season flows into east-central Ohio with a cold front. This will be possible thanks to a more north/northwest flow setting up along and behind the front. Some locations could pick up a quick half-inch in a heavy snow squall. The squalls will be short-lived but may pose visibility issues for anyone traveling tonight.

FUTURECAST RADAR for today through 1:00 AM Friday.

As skies start to clear out in the wee hours Friday morning, temperatures will nose-dive to the teens behind the front. Any snow/slush on roads and sidewalks will quickly freeze into a glacier so you might want to clear as much as you can today. This stuff will be rock-hard by sunrise.

FRIDAY MORNING low temperaturs

High pressure returns Friday bringing an end to the snow, but temperatures will be mighty cold despite spotty sunshine. Highs locally might make it to 20° for the afternoon high. Wind chill values can be in the single digits early Friday and remain in the low-teens Friday afternoon.

WEEKEND WEATHER
The cold temperatures won’t stick around long. After a very cold start Saturday morning, high pressure will shift east setting up a more southerly flow. Warmer air will push afternoon temperatures into the mid-30s Saturday afternoon to around 40° on Sunday. Saturday will be the brighter day of the weekend. Sunday will be a bit cloudier but still, not a bad day. At least we won’t see any rain or snow.

SATURDAY 02/15 WEATHER MAP

NEXT WEEK
High pressure will bring a dry day with milder temperatures on Monday but clouds will increase as we progress through the afternoon with the next system. Rain will be likely Monday night into Tuesday with a low pressure system and its cold front. Moisture associated with this system will keep decent odds for rain and snow showers in the forecast through mid-week.

Warm temperatures in the upper-40s to near 50° on Tuesday will return to seasonal values on Wednesday.

TEMPERATURE TREND through next Wednesday for New Philadelphia.

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