Spotty light rain chances return tonight; More active weather sets up Thursday night

Posted Tuesday AM March 23, 2021

As many of us know, March can often bring fairly miserable weather in the Valley. This year has been pretty mild with much more sun than we normally expect. I don’t hear many complaints, but it is sort of unusual to have this much pleasant weather during what is normally a not so nice month.

The mild temperatures and sunshine will continue today. Winds will turn to a more southerly flow this afternoon and bring warm moist air. As a result, we will see clouds increase as the day progresses. It will be a dry day locally with temperatures across the region warming to the upper-60s once again in the north to 70° in the south.

With thicker clouds to hold in some of the daytime warmth, temperatures tonight will be noticeably warmer than we’ve previously seen. Most locations will only drop off to the low-50s tonight. There can be a spotty shower after midnight as a low pressure system crosses the Great Lakes tonight and Wednesday but by no means will it be a washout.

GFS MODEL: Wednesday AM

Chances for a light shower will continue into Wednesday morning but warming temperatures will quickly bring an end to any precipitation chances by lunch time. Any precipitation should be light, scattered, and short-lived. Temperatures again should warm up nicely to around 70°.

A strengthening storm system will cross the Great Lakes Thursday and Friday. This system is more likely to bring rain to the Valley and possibly a thunderstorm or two. The low pressure system will also drag a cold front through eastern Ohio on Friday.

Although severe storms are not likely there is a small chance that a storm or two could get a little rowdy especially just to our west Thursday night into early Friday morning. Storms or not, gusty winds can be an issue Thursday night and Friday. Those strong winds and chances for showers should quickly subside Friday morning as the cold front exits the region.


Temperatures will hold fairly steady mid-50s Friday morning then trend downward during the afternoon.

Weak high pressure will return dry weather to the Valley Friday night and Saturday. Actually, Saturday will be the pick day for any outside activities you might have. Skies should be mostly sunny and daytime highs look to hover in the low-60s.

Another low will move into the Great Lakes region Saturday night. This system will also drag a reinforcing cold front through east-central Ohio on Sunday. Although Sunday won’t be a washout, there will be chances for a spotty shower just about anywhere. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper-50s to around 60°.

Although cooler temperatures look to dominate our weather pattern through the first part of next week, there is a strong signal that warmer than average temperatures return to start April.

Drier conditions also look to prevail through what normally is a very wet period.



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