Valley Weekend Outlook: Dry, cloudy, and uneventful

Today will be a rare December day with occasional sunshine across the Valley. This is the time of the year when our length of daylight is the shortest, but also it’s the cloudiest time of the year. December through February in this part of the country brings more cloudy and overcast days than the rest of the year.

A result of today’s sunshine will be a nice bump in temperatures this afternoon. Most areas locally should see highs in the mid-40s today.

We will begin to see an increase in clouds toward late afternoon and evening as a strong storm system passes to the south. That storm will remain east of eastern Ohio as it travels up the coast toward New England over the weekend. While we won’t see much in the way of precipitation chances from this here in the Valley, it will, unfortunately, bring plenty of cloud cover.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON EUROPEAN MODEL keeps a strong storm system well off to our east as it travels up the Atlantic Coast. The system will bring rain to the mid-Atlantic and appreciable amounts of snow to New England.

Other than those clouds, the weekend looks largely dry in east-central Ohio. Chances for precipitation either as rain or snow will be more likely to occur along and north of I-80 to the north and I-70 to the south. Daytime highs will mostly be in the upper-30s with nighttime lows in the mid-20s.

Generally speaking, what you see over the weekend will be pretty much what you get into early next week. An upper-level tough sets up to bring a non-descript weather pattern through much of next week. Cloudy days will dominate through the extended range as a more west-to-east flow sets up.

With a lack of any appreciable systems impacting the region, temperatures locally won’t vary much from climate normal. That means a lack of any really cold arctic air getting into the region over the next 7 to 10 days. Moisture will be hard to come by so odds for any appreciable snow or rain will be meager as well.

Have a great weekend. Be safe out there.



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