More springlike weather today and Wednesday; Rain likely late in the workweek

Posted Tuesday, March 9, 2021

After a cold start at 19° yesterday morning the high temperature reached 59° in New Philadelphia. That’s a difference of 40°. Despite the mostly clear skies and sunshine yesterday that southerly breeze made it feel chillier for many. Today will bring less of a breeze and even warmer temperatures to the Valley. Most locations will get to the low-60s later today.

High pressure will continue to bring a stretch of warm temperatures and southerly breezes through Thursday. Wednesday will likely be the warmest day of the week here in New Phila. There is a good chance we top out near 65 in most locations which would make it the warmest temperature locally since November 11 of last year.

We’ll be just a couple of degrees cooler on Thursday with a gusty breeze. The strongest winds will set up in western Ohio but we could see gusts here in the Valley of around 20 to 25 mph at times. Thursday will also be a cloudier day with a cold front approaching from the northwest. While I can’t rule out a shower Thursday afternoon, chances for showers locally will be better Thursday night.

GFS MODEL Thursday night

Showers should taper off Friday morning as the front exits south and east. It will turn cooler behind the front for the weekend. While it won’t be arctic cold, temperatures will back off to near average and more in tune with what we would expect to see in March. Our average daytime highs in mid-March run around 48° to 50°.

Rain totals locally Thursday and Friday looks to run around a half to one inch.

Mainly dry weather will return Friday afternoon and continue through the weekend under high pressure. Temperatures locally should hover around average values through the period. Saturday will likely have more clouds than sun. Sunday looks to be the sunnier day of the weekend.

Basically it appears these next couple of days will be the warmest and driest in the Valley for a while. Next week will likely bring average temperatures and more active with more opportunities for precipitation.

TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK from the NWS National Blend of Models

Monday will likely start out the week with rain as a storm system approaches from the Plains. A warm front out ahead of the system will bring slightly warmer temperatures. Depending on the timing of the front, precipitation could start out as snow showers for those in northern Ohio. Precipitation here in the Valley should be all rain here in the Valley.

Temperatures behind another cold front with next Monday’s system will push temperatures cooler. Temperatures then will trend below normal for much of the eastern US through mid-month.

BLOG NOTE: March signals the start of severe weather season here in east-central Ohio. Beginning tomorrow, March 10, I’ll bring back the severe weather outlook to the daily blog. The severe outlook will help keep you informed of any threats we might be looking at through spring and summer.

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Enjoy the taste of spring this week and be safe out there!

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