Chilly and mainly dry through Friday

Although sprawling high pressure centered over the upper Plains keeps us dry in east-central Ohio, temperatures will remain on the chilly side for a couple of days. A north flow will funnel in cold air today and Thursday along with some cloudiness as the cold air picks up moisture over the mainly ice-free Great Lakes.

THURSDAY WEATHER MAP

The only caveat to a completely dry forecast is an upper-level disturbance that will travel into the Mid Atlantic on Thursday. The main swath of precipitation associated with this system should stay well to our south, but some of the modeling wants to bring it north enough to just clip southern Ohio Thursday morning. As a precaution, we’ll need to keep a slight chance for snow flurries or light snow in the forecast for Thursday morning. Otherwise, this system would just bring a temporary increase in clouds in the morning with skies clearing in the afternoon.

EUROPEAN MODEL THURSDAY AM: a disturbance will bring rain/snow showers to the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday. A brief period of snow flurries or light snow cannot be ruled out locally Thursday morning. No accumulation is expected in our area.

I may end up removing the slight chance for snow later today – depending on how today’s model runs handle this southern weather feature.

Temperatures today will peak in the mid-30s locally. Thursday will be the coldest day of the week with highs locally only in the upper-20s.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Break out the sunglasses. High pressure will maintain dry weather and clear blue skies Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will still be in the mid-30s Friday but warmer air from the south will begin to move in on Saturday. We should stay dry but cloudier on Sunday with the approach of the next system.

Precipitation will likely hold off until late Sunday evening as low pressure pushes a warm front into eastern Ohio. The strength and path of this system are questionable at this time, but we will have decent chances for rain (and maybe some mixed precipitation) Sunday night into Monday. This system will also introduce a pattern change and our weather looks to become more active next week.

Low pressure will bring increasing odds for rain showers Sunday night through Monday.

At the very least, precipitation chances will remain in the forecast locally through mid-week next week.

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