Posted Monday AM, March 29, 2021
After a chilly start with temperatures around freezing, high pressure will bring clearing skies and bright sunshine to the Valley this afternoon. Temperatures today should warm to a few degrees below average topping out in the low-50s. The normal high for late March locally is around 58°.
The center of high pressure shifts eastward tonight setting up a southerly breeze that will push temperatures to the upper-60s to around 70° on Tuesday. South winds will pick up a bit to around 10 to 15 mph at times.
Rain showers will move into the east-central Ohio region Tuesday night as a trough of low pressure with a cold front approaches. Temperatures will be plenty warm enough to support rain until sharply colder air begins to move into the region in the afternoon and evening.
Wednesday will be one of those backward days. The warmest temperatures of the day will occur in the morning. Temperatures will fall through the afternoon ending up in the low-40s by sunset. As the system departs east, moisture will be slow to exit the area. Temperatures will continue their downward trend enough for the possibility of wet snow late Wednesday night.
The vast majority of any snow will occur in northern parts of the state due to lake effect. But I can’t rule out at least a coating in some spots locally – especially in those neighborhoods north of New Phila.
Thursday will bring a chilly day with a breezy northwest wind. Daytime highs will not warm much more than the mid-30s. If you’re one who has already started your garden or have flowering plants out you will need to protect them from freezing temperatures Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. Temperatures locally will dip well into the 20s.
While I can’t 100-percent guarantee it but looking at the long-range climate modeling, this could be our very last shot of wintry precipitation until late in the year.
FRIDAY AND EASTER WEEKEND
The good news is this will be a brief shot of cold air. A warming trend and fair weather will get underway on Friday and continue through Easter. While Friday will still be a bit chilly, temperatures on Saturday will climb to the upper 50s. Easter will bring a glorious day with abundant sunshine and highs in the mid-60s.
Temperatures are forecast to remain above normal into next week with drier than average precipitation.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read the Tuscarawas Valley’s very own local weather outlook. You can follow my weather updates and forecasts for the Tuscarawas Valley on TUSCWeather.net and on Twitter. Have a great Monday and as always, be safe out there!