Posted Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Yesterday’s official high temperature of 65° in New Phila made it the warmest day of 2021 so far. Today will be a few degrees warmer with most neighborhoods reaching the upper-60s today. A few spots could even reach the low-70s.
South winds will also increase this afternoon and it will get a bit breezy in the Valley today. Gusts could be as high as 30 mph at times. Otherwise, skies will be mostly sunny this morning with increasing clouds this afternoon and evening.
Chances for rain will increase after midnight as a slow-moving cold front approaches east-central Ohio. Rain odds locally will start out low Thursday morning and slowly increase. Light rain will be likely in the afternoon as moisture increases ahead of the front. Light rain will likely continue Thursday night then begin to taper off and end Friday morning as the front exits the region. Skies will clear out becoming mostly sunny Friday afternoon.
Temperatures tomorrow locally will still be warm well into the afternoon with highs in the mid-60s. Winds will remain breezy out of the southwest. Friday will bring cooler air into the area but still not too chilly with highs in the mid/upper 50s.
Rain totals locally should run around a quarter to a half-inch.
WEEKEND OUTLOOK – COOLER BUT SUNNY
High pressure and fair weather will return on Saturday setting us up for a dry weekend. Temperatures will be chillier but still fairly close to average. Skies should generally be mostly sunny.
EARLY NEXT WEEK
Strong high pressure will set up shop over the Great Lakes but a strong storm system in the Plains will advance toward the region. (The storm will bring heavy snow to parts of Colorado and Wyoming.) There are uncertainties regarding how far north the storm system can move due to the strong high over the lakes. Precipitation could travel far enough north by Monday enough to introduce slight chances for rain in the current forecast. This might change somewhat as the models get a better handle on how the Plains low pressure degrades over time.
Generally speaking, next week looks unsettled with opportunities for occasional showers and temperatures hovering around average. No major storms are likely.
SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
Since we’re quickly approaching spring and the start of another severe weather season, I’ll resume the Daily Severe Outlook beginning today. This gives folks who follow our weather an early heads-up for severe weather that may impact our area. I usually run this part of the blog through September. The severe outlook is provided by the Storm Prediction Center, part of the National Weather Service.
Day1, Today: No severe thunderstorms are likely.
Day2, Thursday: No severe thunderstorms are likely. However, thunder will be possible locally with higher chances for thunderstorms to our west.
Day3, Friday: No severe thunderstorms are likely
Days 4 – 8: Severe storms are unlikely.
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Enjoy this trial period of mid-spring weather and be safe out there!