Posted Friday, September 11, 2020, 9:45 AM
Last edited: 8:00 PM 9/11/2020
Overcast skies this morning are due to a defuse cold front making its way south through eastern Ohio. Light showers associated with this feature will stay mostly in the far northern counties. The cloud cover should thin out as the front exits south and high pressure builds from the west. The afternoon will bring improving skies in the afternoon and we should see some sunshine mixed in with the clouds.
Temperatures this afternoon will also be cooler than it’s been this week. Highs today will be more in line with what we normally see in early autumn – mid to upper-70s. Dewpoints will also decrease today as that cooler/dryer air flows over the region and it will be less humid this afternoon and tonight.
It will be a nice evening for area high school football with a more autumn-like feel. Temperatures look to be in the upper-60s with dewpoints in the low-50s under mostly clear skies at kickoff.
As for the weekend, Saturday will be your best opportunity to get in any outdoor activities. The area of high pressure will drift off to the east and allow for a more southerly flow that will pump in warmer and more humid air from the south. It will be a warmer day and that humidity will start to creep back up again but it will be rain-free through the daytime hours.
Odds for showers will increase Saturday night as low pressure approaches out of the Plains. The system will drag a cold front across eastern Ohio on Sunday with accompanying widespread showers and thunderstorms. I don’t think it will rain all day Sunday and most of the shower/t-storm activity should occur during the morning hours. The potential for rain and storms will quickly decrease in the afternoon/evening as our cold front scoots off to the south and east.
The air will be fairly humid on Sunday indicating a decent slug of moisture. Any shower or storm will be capable of producing a hefty downpour so some places could get dumped on briefly. Generally speaking though, most neighborhoods in the area can expect about a half-inch of rain Saturday night and Sunday.
While Saturday and Sunday will be humid, that humidity will get swept away Sunday night as cooler and dryer air moves in behind Sunday’s cold front and high pressure builds. Monday will bring a return to a more autumn-like weather pattern in the Valley. Temperatures will settle in the mid/upper-70s and dewpoints will be in the lower-50s.
Monday night will likely be the coolest night we’ve seen in a while with temperatures dipping to the upper-40s.
The first half of next week will feature a dry period with plenty of sunshine and cooler temperatures. Temperatures will gradually warm a bit each day but with those lower dewpoints, the humidity will be a non-issue. The next rain opportunities look to arrive on Thursday of next week with another cold front. All told, expect a cooler temperature regime next week.
Have a great, and safe, weekend. As always, you can keep up with the Tuscarawas Valley’s weather on TuscWeather and the TuscWeather web app. Or, catch our stream of local weather updates throughout the day on Twitter.