Posted Saturday AM, May 8, 2021
Below average temperature and unsettled conditions will continue through the weekend, with a widespread soaking rain likely on Sunday. Local Tuscarawas Valley weather details:
While today will be the pick day of the weekend, it won’t be a pristine day. There can be a brief light shower this morning coming down off the lake as a trough of low pressure exits east. Otherwise, we will have a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon and evening as high pressure moves in to take control – briefly.
Temperatures this afternoon will still be about 15-degrees below normal. Most neighborhoods will only get to the 52°/54° area. Our average daytime high for May 8 is 71°.
Chances for rain will increase late tonight as moisture increases ahead of low pressure advancing from the west. Widespread rain will move into east-central Ohio by Sunday morning.
It looks like Mother’s Day will be an all-day soaker. Recent model runs have shifted the low a bit farther to the north and that bumps up the amount of rain we might expect from this system. This morning’s guidance indicates we could see rain totals of around an inch to 1.5 inches tonight through Monday morning.
There isn’t much instability with this so I’m not expecting much in the way of thunder. There is some upper-level support and enough moisture that can bring periods of moderate rainfall rates to the Valley during the afternoon.
To make matters worse, temperatures are only going to get to the mid-50s for the daytime high. It’s not only going to be a steady rain, but it’ll be a chilly rain to boot. In a way, we’re a bit luckier than folks in northern parts of the state. Temperatures up toward Youngstown, Akron, and Cleveland might only see daytime highs in the mid to upper-40s.
The steady rainfall will taper off to scattered showers Sunday night as the low exits to the east. High pressure will move in overhead Monday morning as the system departs. Fair weather will dominate our weather through Wednesday with this high pressure in control.
We will need to pay attention to cloud cover Monday night and Tuesday night. If skies can manage to clear, frost could be an issue as temperatures cool off to the mid-30s. Otherwise, we’re still on track for a nice warming trend next week.
Thanks for taking a few minutes to catch up with the Tuscarawas Valley’s only locally-produced weather forecast. I’ll have updates through the rest of the weekend here on TUSCWeather.net or you can catch me on Twitter (@tuscwx). Happy Mother’s Day! Have a great weekend and be safe out there.