HIGHLIGHTS: Periods of rain along with a few isolated thunderstorms are expected today as low pressure moves toward the region. A strong cold front will cross east-central Ohio tonight bringing gusty winds and a changeover to snow showers by early Sunday morning. Scattered snow showers will continue through Sunday under a gusty northwest flow.
FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch in effect today through midnight tonight. Heavy rainfall of 1 to 1.5 inches overnight and Saturday morning has already occurred and additions rain is expected this afternoon and evening. Some in the Watch area could receive up to 2″ or more by late tonight.
Counties included in the watch are include Tuscarawas, Carroll, Coshocton, Harrison, Stark, Holmes and Wayne.
STRONG GUSTY WINDS EXPECTED
Temperatures will warm this afternoon ahead of the cold front and we may see a brief period in the steadiest rainfall for a time this afternoon.
However, winds will begin to pick up by mid afternoon and continue to increase in strength through this evening as the cold front approaches and crosses east-central Ohio. Most modeling keeps wind gusts in the Tuscarawas Valley area just below advisory criteria. However, the Valley area will have a window where wind gusts could reach 40 – 45 mph (or briefly higher) at times.
NWS Cleveland has issued a Wind Advisory for Stark, Holmes and Wayne counties in our area from 7:00 pm this evening until 10:00 am Sunday. Winds of 50 mph are expected in the affected counties.
THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY
As our cold front crosses the region tonight, gusty winds out of the south will become northwesterly. Winds tonight may gust 40-45 mph and a rumble or two of thunder can’t be ruled out.
Cold north air will rush in behind the cold front overnight and any precipitation will change over to snow showers early Sunday morning as the air cools.
Sunday will bring a cold gusty wind along with scattered snow showers through much of the day. Temperatures won’t do much better than the mid 30s and will remain fairly steady through the day.
Snow accumulation here will not amount to much more than a dusting and that will be primarily in grassy areas. I don’t anticipate any snow-related travel issues here.
Scattered snow showers will continue Sunday night but those gusty winds will begin to diminish Sunday evening.
Our weather will begin to improve Monday as high pressure builds in overhead.
Temperatures Monday will recover somewhat with most neighborhoods getting to the mid 40s under mostly sunny conditions.