Posted 9:00 AM EST Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Now there’s something that’s been rare this month – sunshine! Cloud cover will continue to erode this morning allowing for a fairly sunny day across the Valley. Temperatures will remain seasonal with afternoon highs in the mid-30s locally.
Clouds will increase later today as a strong as an upper-level disturbance and its cold front approach from the west. The front will move through east-central Ohio tonight through early Wednesday morning spreading snow showers across the region. The heaviest snow will set up along the snow belt counties of northeast Ohio but we’ll end up seeing a half-inch to an inch in the Valley as well.
Overall, this will be a quick-hitting little system. The snow should exit east the region by mid-morning on Wednesday if not sooner. Clouds will break some in the afternoon allowing for spotty sunshine. The colder air behind the front will hold temperatures in the upper-20s for the afternoon high on Wednesday.
FAIR WEATHER LATE WEEK
An upper-level ridge of high pressure will bring dry weather and occasional sunshine to eastern Ohio Thursday and Friday. Thursday will likely be the warmest day of the week with highs in the low-40s here in the Tuscarawas Valley. Another weak disturbance will travel through the lower Great Lakes region Thursday night but any snow from this is more likely to remain well no our north. Temperatures will return to seasonal values on Friday locally behind this little disturbance.
WEEKEND AND THE LONG RANGE
High pressure will build overhead Saturday and bring us a dry period for the better part of the weekend. The models do show the high pressure system pushing east of the region as a low developing in the west approaches eastward Sunday night.
Saturday will be the coolest day of the weekend with afternoon highs in the upper-20s. Sunday will bring daytime highs in the low-to-mid-30s. Chances for snow showers will once again increase early Monday morning as Gulf moisture spreads northeastward. As temperatures warm to the upper-30s Monday, rain may mix with snow at some point.
While we will see some cold days through the latter part of the month, overall the pattern looks relatively mild for late January. The models are not picking up on any *extreme* cold anytime soon.
Thanks for reading the Valley’s only local weather update. Enjoy the chilly sunshine today and be safe (and kind) out there.