Posted Tuesday AM Mach 16, 2021
Today will feature decreasing odds for light showers as low pressure moves out of the area. High pressure will offer up a dry period tonight and Wednesday. Then, widespread rain showers move back into the region Wednesday night through Thursday night with the next storm system. Dry weather will return for Friday and the weekend.
We’re starting out with temperatures about ten degrees warmer than yesterday. Highs this afternoon around the Valley will warm to the mid-50s in all locations and chances for a light shower will lessen through the day. Clouds will remain low and thick this morning but will gradually thin this afternoon. We should see some clearing late in the day and tonight as high pressure briefly builds in for Wednesday.
Dry weather and occasional sunshine can be expected on Wednesday. Temperatures will also ratchet up a handful of degrees and most locations should warm up to around 60°.
Strengthening low pressure in the Plains will shift east Wednesday night arriving in the Ohio Valley by Thursday afternoon. We’ll start to see increasing chances for rain Wednesday night as the approaching system spreads a wide swath of rain into eastern Ohio. Thursday in the Valley will be pretty much a washout, unfortunately.
Rain will continue into Thursday night before the system merges with another system off to the east late Thursday night. Chances for precipitation will quickly decrease early Friday morning as an upper-level ridge builds over the eastern US.
I expect we’ll see a good soaking rain out of this. Generally, rain amounts locally will run from about three-quarters to 1.25-inches. The rain will be spread out over a 24-hour period so we should not encounter any flooding issues other than minor street flooding.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY
Colder air rushing in on the backside of our exiting storm system will bring cooler temperatures to the Valley on Friday. However, as high pressure regains control, strong March sunshine will break out. The colder than normal temperatures will only stick on Friday. A warming trend will get underway on Saturday pushing daytime highs into the low-60s by Monday.
Next week’s warming trend looks like a true spring breakout with more than a few days with highs in the 60s.
SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
TODAY: No severe weather is expected in our area
WEDNESDAY: No severe weather is expected locally. A few scattered non-severe thunderstorms are possible in areas south of I-70.
THURSDAY: Severe thunderstorms are not expected locally. However, a thunderstorm or rumble of thunder is not out of the question. Higher chances for thunderstorms will likely set up for areas south of I-70.
Soon our area will be experiencing an uptick in severe weather as spring takes hold. Have you checked the batteries in your weather radio? Thank you for checking out the Tuscarawas Valley’s very own local weather outlook. Be safe out there!