Posted 9:30 AM Monday, February 22, 20210
After Sunday morning morning temperatures around zero degrees, we’re starting out 35° to nearly 40° warmer this morning in the Valley. Today will be a cloudy and gloomy day. Favorable odds for light rain and drizzle will persist this morning then decrease as we go through the afternoon as a cold front swings across the region.
Temperatures will remain fairly steady in the 35°/37° range before dropping off a few degrees after sunset. South to southwesterly winds will be a bit breezy with occasional gusts to around 25 mph. Breezy conditions will continue tonight before winds begin to back off during the pre-dawn hours tomorrow.
TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY – LOOKING GOOD
A clipper-like system will drag a second cold front across eastern Ohio early Tuesday. There is not much moisture with this feature and odds are pretty low this brings anything to the Valley. Still, I can’t 100-percent rule out a quick-hitting light snow shower around sunrise locally. Higher chances for a little snow will stay well to the north.
Tuesday afternoon will bring the beginning of much-improved weather for the east-central Ohio region as high pressure slowly takes control of things. Generally speaking, we can expect a string of fair weather days Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures will warm to the upper-40s on Wednesday under a mix of sun and clouds. A weak cold front will bring a couple of cool days with varying sunshine Thursday and Friday. Daytime high temperatures will remain above freezing, however.
The good news is we will see much of the current ice and snow on the ground disappear.
THE WEEKEND AND BEYOND
Temperatures will moderate back to the upper-40s Saturday and Sunday as warm southerly air migrates back into the region. An upper-level wave may ripple through overhead Friday night may bring a slight chance for a light rain shower before a ridge on high pressure moves on Saturday. Dry conditions should remain in place Saturday and Sunday.
Generally, temperatures in the medium range are trending toward a warmer than average regime. While it won’t be exactly balmy, we at least won’t see temperatures in the deep=freeze as we did last week.
NWS Climate Prediction Center released their initial March outlook on Friday with a warmer than average temperature outlook. Those warm temperatures will likely be accompanied by higher than normal precipitation chances.
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