Posted Wednesday AM, March 17, 2021
Mostly sunny and more spring-like temperatures are expected today in the Tuscarawas Valley. A strengthening storm system will bring rain to east-central Ohio tonight through Thursday. High pressure will build into the region for Friday to bring sunny weather for the weekend.
It will look and feel more like spring today in the Valley. The morning fog will quickly mix out after sunrise and temperatures this afternoon will reach the upper-50s under mostly sunny skies.
Our weather will turn soggy tonight as a strengthening low pressure system moves in from the Plains. The system will track northeast into the Ohio Valley by late Thursday. Chances for rain showers will ratchet up overnight as the system moves closer to the area. Widespread rain will likely overspread the area by early Thursday morning and continue for much of the day.
A pressure gradient between our approaching storm system and high pressure off to the east will bring gusty wind into east-central Ohio by the afternoon tomorrow. At this time it looks as if the strongest wind will set up west and north of our area but we can still expect to see the sustained winds in the 15 to 20 mph range. The strongest gusts can be as high as 30/35 mph through Thursday night.
Things will start to settle down Thursday night. Some snowflakes may mix in late Thursday night as colder air overtakes the region. The warm ground and the fact that any snowfall will be short-lived will prevent any accumulation locally.
The system will quickly exit early Friday morning and high pressure builds behind it to bring clearing skies and sunshine back to the region by Friday afternoon. Friday will be chilly. Temperatures in the Valley won’t warm much more than 42°/44° for the afternoon high. And, it will be breezy with winds out of the north 10 to 15 mph.
This system will bring a good soaking rain to the area. Total rain amounts will likely run around 3/4-inch to around 1.25-inches.
WARMING THROUGH THE WEEKEND
High pressure will continue to be the dominating factor for the upcoming weekend. We can expect dry weather and mostly clear skies through the period. Temperatures will gradually recover to the low/mid-50s on Saturday. Sunday’s temperatures will be even better with highs around 60°.
EARLY NEXT WEEK
Fair weather and plentiful sunshine will continue under high pressure Monday and Tuesday of next week. Above-average temperatures will run in the low/mid-60s. The next system that might bring some precipitation chances back to the area moves our way on Wednesday.
SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
Today: Severe thunderstorms are not expected locally. A thunderstorm will be possible tonight mainly south of I-70.
THURSDAY: Severe thunderstorms are not expected locally. However, a non-severe thunderstorm with gusty wind is possible. The main threat for severe storms will stay south of our area but I’ll continue to monitor the situation and post any changes as they develop.
FRIDAY: Severe thunderstorms are not expected in our area.
Thank you for checking out the Tuscarawas Valley’s very own local weather outlook. Be safe out there!