A decent stretch of weather by January standards; Turning wintry late next week

Posted 11:00 AM EST Saturday, January 9, 2021

After a week of constant cloud cover we finally get some much-needed sunshine in the Valley. The first sunshine of the new year. Clouds will continue to think through the day as high pressure moves closer to the Great Lakes region. Temperatures this afternoon will warm to the upper-30s to around 40°.

That area of high pressure will remain in control of our weather through Sunday as well. An upper-level disturbance will move through Sunday night into Monday with little impact other than a few more clouds than today. Otherwise, Sunday will be dry with temperatures very similar to today.


Dry weather and mostly clear skies will continue into Monday. A storm system that develops along the Gulf coast will track northeast to the Carolina Coast by Tuesday. IF the high over our area weakens any there is a chance that a little moisture could sneak into east-central Ohio Monday night. As a result, a slight chance for a few flakes will be possible Monday night.

Temperatures remain unchanged through this period with highs generally in the upper-30s to around 40°.

Low pressure will advance eastward into the western Great Lakes region on Thursday. This system will push a warm front through eastern Ohio Thursday afternoon and set up a warm southerly flow. Temperatures locally will warm to the low/mid-40s in the Valley.

A warm and moist airmass will be in place ahead of the system’s cold front that’s expected to move through on Friday. This will bring the next best opportunity for precipitation to our area.

EUROPEAN MODEL: Low pressure will travel into the Great Lakes region and bring the chance for wintry precipitation to the area late in the week. Colder temperatures will follow for next weekend.

While the models are all in pretty good agreement with the timing of the system, details such as precip types and amounts still need to be worked out. At this point, I would expect periods of rain and snow showers Thursday night and Friday.

Colder air will settle in over the east-central Ohio region Afternoon highs next weekend will hover around the mid-20s with nighttime lows in the mid to upper teens. The colder trend is likely to stick around for a while.



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