Falling temperatures today; The new year starts out wet

Published 10:00 AM EST Monday, December 28, 2020

Folks across the Valley will see the warmest part of the day this morning. Temperatures will decrease through the rest of the day behind a cold front that slipped south through the region this morning.

Skies will remain mostly cloudy today but we should stay dry as temperatures locally fall to the mid-30s by sunset this evening.

Clouds will gradually clear overnight allowing for a much nicer day on Tuesday. Temperatures tomorrow will be cooler than today but we will have a much brighter day. Expect some rare winter sunshine before clouds move back in Tuesday night.

Colder temperatures on tap for Tuesday with afternoon highs around 30°

Low pressure will move into the Great Lakes region Tuesday night into Wednesday. The system will extend a warm front into eastern Ohio on Wednesday. As it looks now, Wednesday looks mainly dry during the daytime hours but odds for rain showers will increase through the afternoon and evening.

WEDNESDAY: An approaching warm front will bring increasing chances for rain Wednesday night into New Year’s Eve

As the low becomes more centered in the Great Lakes a cold front will inch closer bringing widespread rain showers to east-central Ohio on New Year’s Eve. Daytime temperatures will remain warm enough to support rain so we won’t be dealing with snow this time. Even our nighttime temperatures look to stay in the mid to upper-30s.

Our frontal boundary will stall out somewhere along the Ohio Valley on New Year’s Day keeping a large swath of rain over eastern Ohio. Things then turn questionable Friday night as the system pulls away. Temperatures may cool enough Friday night for a few snowflakes to mix in but drier air moving in might bring a screeching halt to precipitation.

Snow or not Friday night, the system departs quickly leaving us will a dry forecast for the weekend. Temperatures, however, will be closer to what we would normally expect for early January.

All of the late week weather will bring a hefty slug of rain to the area. There is the potential for a couple/three inches of rain

Projected rain amounts from the NWS Weather Prediction Service through Saturday morning

This much rain, coupled with the recent snowmelt, may lead to flooding issues in some areas. The mighty Tuscarawas will likely respond with higher water levels through the weekend. Those along the river should pay close attention to the forecast over the next several days.

Thanks for reading the Valley’s very own weather outlook. Be safe (and kind) out there.



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