Cooler with sun today and Friday; Light rain, warmer temperatures for the weekend

Quite the change this morning compared to yesterday in the Valley. Yesterday’s high at the airport was 60° and I suspect there were a few spots a couple of degrees warmer. That makes yesterday THE warmest day of the year so far locally.

Today’s temperatures will be quite a bit cooler. Highs this afternoon around the area will top out just under 40°. The higher late February sun angle and loss of much of the snowpack will keep temperatures slightly warmer than they would be otherwise. We’ll see clouds thin out through the day leaving us with a mostly sunny afternoon and evening. Clouds will increase tonight keeping temperatures from getting too cold. Still, most locations cool off to the mid-20s overnight but we will stay dry.

THURSDAY high temperatures

High pressure will continue to keep the area dry and mostly sunny on Friday. As the high shifts east and a more southerly flow develops we’ll warm to the mid-40s.

A warm front will be approaching the region from the southwest Friday night. This could spark a light shower or two into Saturday morning. It definitely doesn’t look like a steady washout but there will be spotty showers around on Saturday. Weak low pressure will cross the Great Lakes region on Sunday. The low will force a cold front west to east across east-central Ohio Sunday evening. These features will keep chances for rain showers in the forecast mainly Sunday morning.

SATURDAY weather map

Plenty of warm moist air will bring a weekend warmup. Temperatures locally will generally inch up to the low/mid-50s through the period. Temperatures will cool off some Sunday night behind the front.

High pressure returns dry weather and sunshine to the Valley Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will be pretty much normal although it will be cooler than we saw over the weekend. Temperatures around the Valley return to the low-50s by Wednesday.

NWS National Blend of Models temperatures

Uncertainty creeps into the forecast Tuesday night and Wednesday as southern upper-level disturbance ripples through. Rain showers may return sometime mid-week.

On a positive note, I see no threats for snow or sustained extreme cold in the forecast through the mid-term. There will likely be several chances for rain, but rain is better than snow in my book.

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