Cold Valentine’s Day; Dry and a bit warmer over the weekend

Published Friday, 02/14/2020 8:15 AM EST

As advertized, temperatures are on the cold side this morning thanks to an arctic front that crossed east-central Ohio last evening. Temperatures this afternoon won’t warm much than the low-20s in the Valley. A spotty light snow shower or flurries will remain possible this morning but anything that develops will exit the region during the afternoon.

Clouds should thin some southwest to northeast and allow some sunshine to peek through now and then later today. With less in the way of cloud cover, temperatures overnight will get even colder than last night. Temperatures around 10° are likely with single-digit lows possible in outlying areas.

LOW TEMPERATURE FORECAST for Friday night – Saturday morning

WEEKEND WEATHER
The good news is that while temperatures will be pretty cold Friday and Friday night, they won’t stick around. A trend toward warmer times will get started over the weekend.

High pressure will build into the region Friday night and slowly shift east through Saturday. Saturday will start out bright but chilly. As high pressure moves off to the east we’ll get into a more southerly flow and warmer air will begin to move into east-central Ohio on Saturday. While temperatures won’t be balmy by any stretch, they will begin an uphill climb taking us through the weekend.

SATURDAY WEATHER MAY: High pressure over eastern PA will bring a dry day.

Clouds gradually increase Saturday as we go through the day. Sunday, while not a bad day, will be the cloudier day of the weekend. Temperatures, however, will be warmer under that south breeze.

NEXT WEEK
Dry conditions will continue into the first part of Monday. The next low pressure system to impact our area develops in the Plains and heads northeast into the central Great Lakes region lifting a warm front through the area late in the day. Odds for rain showers will gradually increase Monday afternoon with rain becoming likely locally Monday night.

EUROPEAN MODEL PROJECTION: Low pressure travels from the Plains and into the Great Lakes region spreading rain showers into east-central Ohio through Tuesday.

Temperatures will hold fairly steady Monday night and may even warm a bit behind the front. Tuesday looks like a fairly wet day with mild temperatures warming to around 50° early ahead of the system’s cold front. Temperatures will trend downward in the afternoon/evening behind the front. It’s possible that we end up getting another light coating of snow Tuesday night as precipitation comes to an end and temperatures cool below freezing.

Our temperatures will return to seasonal values as we head toward the latter part of the week. Again, the longer-range outlooks promise this to be just another quick hit of cold-ish temperatures. Warmer than average temperatures return once again during the final week of the month.

A happy Valentine’s Day to you… and, have a great weekend. Be safe out there.

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