Chilly temperatures this week will be offset by sunshine

Posted 9:00 AM Monday, March 1, 2021

Showers associated with a cold front have pushed south of the region this morning. Clouds will gradually decrease through the day and allow for some sun to return this afternoon. Winds out of the northwest will remain 15 to 20 mph today with some gusts to 25 – 30 possible at times. Any leftover precipitation today should stay well to our north and east.

Temperatures today across the Valley will stay on the cool side. Afternoon highs locally should top out at around 40°. It will get cold tonight as cold dry air continues to funnel in with that northwest flow. Temperatures could dip into the mid-teens in some of our coldest spots by early Tuesday.

High pressure build over the region tonight through Wednesday keeping a dry and mostly sunny forecast for east-central Ohio. Strong sunshine on Tuesday will be offset by the chilly air. Temperatures will warm back to the low-50s by Wednesday as the center of high pressure moves east and the flow turns more southerly.

Meanwhile, a fast-moving clipper-type system will race into the northeastern Great Lakes region trailing a potent arctic front. This system will pump cold arctic air into the northeast US by Thursday. The Tuscarawas Valley area looks to remain on the western fringe of the coldest air but temperatures locally will still take a big hit. Temperatures on Thursday and Friday won’t do much better than the upper-30s for daytime highs and nighttime lows in the mid-20s.

While it will turn chilly again, at least we should see plenty of sunshine. Fair weather will rule for the next several days. Precipitation associated with the nearly stationary low over Quebec should stay confined to northern Ohio.

Quiet weather will continue into the weekend. An upper-level trough over the Hudson Bay in Canada will continue to pump cold air south keeping our temperatures colder than normal. However, mostly clear skies will keep the sunshine and dry conditions going through the weekend. Temperatures will begin to gradually increase on Sunday and likely continue into next week.

Today brings an end to meteorological winter and the start of meteorological spring. (We keep the seasons to 3-month intervals mainly because it makes record-keeping easier.) March does, however, signal the beginning of warmer temperatures and thoughts of more time enjoying the outdoors. We do have several events to look forward to this month like the return to daylight saving time and the spring equinox. We also enter a period where we gain daylight at the highest rates of the year.

Thank you for taking a few minutes of your day to catch up with our weather and supporting the Tuscarawas Valley’s only truly local weather outlook. Be safe out there!



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