Turning colder after the rain; Milder temperatures next week

Posted Thursday, October 29, 2020

As expected, today will be pretty much a washout. Rain from a stalled frontal boundary and the remnants of what was Hurricane Zeta will pump in plenty of moisture. Rain will likely continue into tonight. Locally we’re looking at an inch to 1.5-inches of rain before all of this pulls away tonight.

Watch for fog developing tonight after 8:00 PM if you’re out and about.

Although we’re not expecting any widespread flooding issues, there can be high water in the regular spots. Storm drains clogged with leaves and debris can also cause some high water on streets and roads.

Steady rain will pull away from east-central Ohio tonight. Dry weather will return to the Valley Friday and remain through most of the weekend. It will turn colder, though. Friday will bring a mix of sun and clouds but temperatures across the Valley won’t warm much more than the upper-40s.

If you still have your garden going, it’s a pretty sure bet it won’t survive the sub-freezing temperatures early Saturday morning. Most neighborhoods will get down to the upper-20s.

Halloween will be the pick day of the weekend. It looks like a fairly sunny and dry day. Temperatures locally will run in the low-50s for the afternoon high. There will be no rain issues for trick-or-treating Saturday evening.

The only problem time over the weekend will come on Sunday as another cold front crosses the region. This might spark a few rain showers on Sunday. For now, I’ve included a low chance for light rain but we’ll have to wait and see if odds for any wet weather increases.

I hate to be the one to say it but it’s possible we could see a few snowflakes Sunday night as temperatures cool behind the front. If we would, it wouldn’t be much more than flurries and it wouldn’t amount to anything that would impact travel.

I’ll wait until the Sunday night/Monday morning time frame comes into the range of the hi-rez models before I think about including any snow in the forecast. The GFS is the most aggressive with bringing in any snow to our area at this time. Until then, I don’t have any confidence in this being the case.

Cold temperatures will again return with another potential freeze Sunday night into Monday morning. Monday looks like the coldest day of next week before we warm up through mid-week. Temperatures next weekend will be much milder with highs in the mid-60s.

Expect dry conditions Friday evening under partly cloudy skies. It will be chilly, though, with temperatures in the low-40s at 7:00 PM. Northwest winds at around 7 mph.

Be safe out there. Have a good one.


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