Cold night ahead then gradual warming through Sunday

Published 2:00 PM Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas! As promised everyone had a white one this year and it may turn out to be THE snowiest Christmas for New Philadelphia. I’m still checking the records but with many local spots reporting 4+ inches of snow this morning, we’re definitely in the running. I’ll post an area snow report later this afternoon.

All NWS winter weather headlines have been allowed to expire as of 1:00 PM and currently, there are no advisories in effect for the Valley. We will continue to see periods of light snow showers come and go through the rest of today into tonight. Some areas could pick up another inch or two of additional snow through Saturday morning.

It will, however, remain bitterly cold through the overnight hours. Temperatures locally will bottom out in the mid-teens by early Saturday morning. With that breezy west wind, wind chill values will get close to zero degrees in many local areas tonight.

BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS are likely Saturday morning with wind chill values at or below 0-degrees

Although temperatures on Saturday will remain cold, they will warm up a little more than today. And, we won’t see any additional snow. Clouds will break some to allow for some sunshine as high pressure begins to build into the region. Afternoon highs tomorrow should reach the mid to upper 20s in our local neighborhoods.

Sunday will bring the warmest day of the weekend. Some of the snowpack will melt as temperatures warm to the low-40s. Those icy and snow-covered secondary roads will improve dramatically.

Low to mid-40s can be expected for Sunday’s high temperature in the Valley

A quick-moving upper-level disturbance will push another cold front through eastern Ohio Sunday night This feature will bring low odds for light rain/snow to the area mainly Sunday night. Temperatures will remain above freezing so we shouldn’t see any problems with additional snow and/or ice.

The next weather system due Sunday night will bring low chances for a wintry mix and/or rain to east-central Ohio

High pressure will build from the West on Monday and keep the area dry through Tuesday. The next significant weather system will move into eastern Ohio from the west. A strong southwesterly flow will set up ahead of this system on Wednesday and above normal temperatures will be likely Wednesday and Thursday.

Although there are differences in timing this far out, it does appear that significant moisture will accompany this system. With possible widespread rain and warm temperatures in the mid to upper-40s, melting of the current snowpack could lead to some flooding concerns.

As temperatures cool behind the system’s cold front, we might be looking at another shot of holiday snowfall on New Year’s Day.




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