Colder temperatures arriving on Wednesday can bring wet snow Wednesday night

Posted Tuesday AM, March 30, 2021

High pressure over the mid-Atlantic will supply a warm southerly wind today pushing afternoon temperatures to the 70-degree mark locally. Our southern communities will add a degree or two. Today will be the nicest spring day of the week. South winds will turn a bit breezy this afternoon as a cold front approaches. It won’t get as windy as it did last week but we could see some gusts locally in the 20 to 25 mph range.

As the cold front inches closer eastward tonight, chances for showers will increase. Rain will become likely in all neighborhoods after 2:00 AM with showers continuing into Wednesday morning.

FUTURECAST RADAR from the NAM3k at 2:00 AM Wednesday shows showers advancing eastward into the region. Rian will be likely for the Wednesday AM commute.

A respite from the steadiest showers will move through the region briefly in the afternoon as the boundary moves through the area. We will then see showers pick back up by mid-afternoon and continue into the evening.

A core of much colder air moving into east-central Ohio Wednesday night and some remnant moisture lagging behind the front brings the likelihood for some wet snow showers. There remains some uncertainty with regards to the timing and the amount of moisture that will be available but any snow in our local area should be light. Much of the snow that might occur will quickly melt as it contacts warm surfaces. I wouldn’t expect to see much more than a coating on grassy areas and certainly not enough to stick on the roads. An isolated light snow shower could linger early Thursday morning but I don’t think we would see any snow after sunrise Thursday.

NAM3k MODEL: Scattered wet snow will be possible for a time pre-dawn Thursday morning. Little to no accumulation is expected locally.

The cold air behind this front is fairly impressive. Temperatures Wednesday nighr will fall to the upper-20s by Thursday morning. Daytime highs on Thursday won’t do much better than the mid-30s. Any snow showers on Thursday will likely be confined to the primary snow belt counties in the northern part of the state.

Thankfully, this will be a relatively short cold shot. High pressure will return fair weather to the Valley on Friday. Temperatures locally will recover some on Friday but daytime highs will still be about 10 degrees below average.

Warmer temperatures will finally start to get a foothold by Saturday with afternoon highs warming back up to around 60°. Easter Sunday looks like a glorious spring day with bright sun and highs in the mid 60s. We’ll be back to 70° by Monday.

GFS MODEL EASTER SUNDAY: Nothing but sunshine as high pressure remains in control.

NOTE: I’m no gardener but I do suspect that there are more than a few folks who have started spring planting. If you have plants or flowers out I’ll caution that temperatures Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights will dip well below freezing locally.

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 and on Twitter. Have a great Tuesday and enjoy the warm sunshine. As always, be safe out there!



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