Colder than normal temperatures continue into the weekend

Well below normal temperatures with periodic rain and snow showers can be expected the remainder of the week and through the weekend.

It has been a while since I last posted a local weather update here and I apologize for not keeping up lately. Since the beginning of our current pandemic situation, I find that spare time is difficult to come by.

Light showers this morning will decrease as a low pressure system to our south exits east of the region this afternoon. Clouds will gradually clear through the afternoon today and this evening. Clearing skies tonight will set the stage for some very cold temperatures and widespread frost tonight. If you have hanging baskets of flowers or have started your family garden you will need to protect them from frost damage.

Projected low temperatures tonight into early Thursday morning. Frost is likely as skies clear out tonight.

Thursday will start out clear and frosty in the morning but we will see clouds increase later in the day as a little weak front moves through. This may produce a light sprinkle or shower tomorrow night but generally, this won’t be a big deal. The low pressure passing through the region on Friday will be more likely to produce rain, and yes, perhaps some snowflakes.

NAM (North American Model) depiction for Friday afternoon brings snow showers into northern Ohio and rain showers for the southern part of the state.

I suspect snow showers will be fairly certain in northern Ohio but not so much here in the Valley. Expect a cold rain for most of the day on Friday but a few snowflakes or wet snow mixing with the rain can’t be ruled out in our area – especially for those neighborhoods north of New Phila. Not to worry, though. Any snow accumulation here will be hard to come by and I certainly don’t expect any significant snow to fall locally.

This system will pull down a very cold air mass Friday night. Temperatures locally will plummet to the upper 20s Friday night into Saturday morning. That’s cold enough to freeze any plants you might have out, so be warned – a Freeze Warning is possible for early Saturday morning. Wind chills in the wee hours Saturday morning will be in the upper teens!

Skies will clear out behind this system on Saturday to bring us a day of sunshine but it will remain breezy and chilly. Highs in Saturday will struggle to reach the upper 40s in the Valley but that breeze will keep wind chills in the 30s. Mother’s Day will be a bit warmer, but still way cooler than we should be for the season. Highs on Sunday should reach the mid-50s but we should be in the low-70s for afternoon highs.

NEXT WEEK
Temperatures locally will remain colder than average through at least mid-week next week but there is some light at the end of this tunnel. We should start to see some warmer temperatures taking over during the latter part of next week. By next weekend temperatures should be around average.

From what I’m seeing in the longer range, temperatures will finally return to about normal for the second half of the month. I guess this unseasonally cold spell and the late start to spring warmth is just the price we had to pay for the mild winter we had.

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