Morning showers bring colder but drier conditions through Friday

Light rain and drizzle this morning is associated with low pressure traveling east through the Great Lakes. We should see a break in the steadiest rain through mid-morning before a second round of widespread showers moves through east-central Ohio with a cold front. The rain will taper off and exit the area late this afternoon as drier air begins to filter in behind the front.

South winds will pick up some as the front comes through later today and some gusts could reach the 20 mph range. Temperatures today will be warmest during the morning and early afternoon before trending downward through the remainder of the day. Highs locally will top out near 50°. Any snow/mixed precipitation today will stay well to our north.

FutureCast Radar for today.

Generally, we’re looking at total rainfall today locally of around a quarter of an inch.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
A large area of high pressure sets up over the upper Midwest tonight Although colder than average temperatures can be expected through this period, our weather will be dry. The coldest temperatures locally will be Thursday and Thursday night when temperatures around the Valley dip to the upper-20s for the daytime high and mid-teens overnight.

THURSDAY 02/20 Weather Map

FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND OUTLOOK
It’s shaping up to be a pretty nice weekend in the Valley (for a change). That large area of high pressure slides southeast and begins to weaken. This will funnel in much drier air into east-central Ohio and should bring clear skies and lots of sunshine Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be the cloudier day of the weekend with an increase in moisture ahead of the next system.

After a chilly Friday with highs in the mid-30s, temperatures will begin warming back up to the mid-40s on Saturday – then, upper-40s on Sunday.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK
The long-range models hint at a pattern shift getting underway for the last days of February through early March. While the models are struggling to come into an agreement this far out, the next system to likely impact our area brings a return to precipitation Sunday night through Monday.

Warmer than average temperatures will continue through the latter part of the month before this pattern change brings another brief period of cold temperatures and unsettled weather to begin March.

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