Published 10:00 AM Monday, December 26, 2022
I sincerely hope that everyone had a very happy Christmas. Many folks are off work today in observance of Christmas and will be venturing out. The main roads are in good shape, at least the ones I experienced yesterday. Actually, I think road crews did a marvelous job keeping up with what was a challenging winter storm. Kudos to ODOT and county road crews who worked tirelessly over the Christmas weekend and their efforts to minimize travel impacts as much as possible.
TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
Snow flurries and light snow showers will return to the forecast today and tonight as a weak upper-level system moves through the region. Dry air at the surface will limit the amount of snow that reaches the ground. Any accumulation locally should not amount to much – some spots might end up with a half-inch of new snow over the next 24 hours.
Temperatures today will get a little warmer than recent days but still top out about 15 degrees below normal. Most places in the Valley should make it to the low-20s for the afternoon high. Thankfully, the wind will not be an issue today. Expect much calmer winds today and tonight.
Temperatures tonight won’t be as cold with lows botting out to around 15° by early Tuesday morning.
Today’s weakening system departs and clouds will begin to clear some on Tuesday as warmer/dryer air flows in from the south. Look for dry weather tomorrow, some occasional sunshine, and an afternoon high near freezing.
A warm front lifts north through eastern Ohio early Wednesday initiating a warming temperature trend that will bring much-needed relief from the arctic cold we’ve been experiencing lately. Sunshine with afternoon temps warming to the low-40s will be a nice change on Wednesday.
THURSDAY TO NEW YEAR’S DAY
Thursday will bring a cloudier day but still dry. Afternoon highs warm to the upper-40s to nearly 50° with nighttime lows in the 40s.
An advancing low pressure system and cold front will increase moisture content and our chances for rain showers on Friday. The potential for widespread rain increases as the low tracks through the Upper Ohio Valley Saturday and Saturday night. Rain will remain likely on New Year’s Day as the low exits to the northeast through Sunday.
Daytime highs should remain in the mid-50s with nighttime temperatures in the low-40s through the weekend.
Relatively warm temperatures continue through the first full week of the new year.