Posted 9:45 AM EST Monday, January 4, 2021
If you like drab and boring weather, this will be a good week. Today will bring yet another gray day to the Tuscarawas Valley despite high pressure in the vicinity. The culprit is moisture trapped close to the surface and held there by warm air aloft. A lack of any substantial breeze and sunshine will hold temperatures at bay. The end result, a drab drizzly winter day.
The only positive aspect from all of this is that temperatures and road surfaces will likely remain above freezing during the daylight hours which means freezing drizzle won’t be an issue. Temperatures will drop off to just below freezing overnight and any location that happens to get under some precipitation will see a few snowflakes. No accumulation is expected locally.
Things don’t improve any on Tuesday so we’ll do this all over again tomorrow. Again, another dreary day will unfold with a slight chance of drizzle/snow just about anytime and/or location. Look for slightly warmer temperatures in the upper-30s with a light flow shifting around from the south.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Drier weather and periods of the occasional peek of sun will set up by Wednesday as an upper-level ridge of high pressure shifts east into the region. Temperatures will remain seasonal through the end of the first work week of the new year – mainly in the mid-30s for daytime highs.
The best chances of us seeing any substantial sunshine will be on Saturday as drier air begins to mix in overhead. Otherwise, pretty uneventful weather with seasonal temperatures will persist through the weekend.
LONG RANGE OUTLOOK
Temperatures locally look to remain close to average this week. No abnormally warm air will invade, but not arctic cold either. We’re also not looking at any storm systems that would bring accumulating snow to the region for the next 7 to 10 days.
While these first couple of weeks look largely uneventful, there are signs that the weather pattern does shift to a more active regime during the second half of the month. Generally speaking, that can mean a period of colder temperatures and better odds for storms. Increasing chances of wintry precipitation are forecast to return by the third and fourth week of January.