We are leaving the forecast largely alone this morning, tweaking only our rain totals here over the next 48 hours and removing Saturday precipitation. Today we have clouds increasing in northern areas, and we see a few scattered light showers develop in NW Ohio. That may trigger a few hundredths to .1″ there. Most of today’s action will hold in Michigan and over Lake Erie. A large part of the state may end up staying partly sunny through the entire day today. Better organized rains develop overnight tonight and continue through tomorrow into very early Friday morning. Rain will be moderate, but we are less concerned about widespread thunderstorms, and as such, are lowing our rain expectations for tomorrow. We are putting rain totals for the 2 day period at .25”-.1” with coverage at 90% of the state; updated totals are shown on the map at right. Temperatures will be mild today and will reach their peak tomorrow. Today we expect highs the 50s and 60s, and tomorrow we will be at least in the 60s over the state, but we are keeping any run at 70 in the southwest quadrant of the state, mostly because we think the rain through the day will put a cap on temps, keeping other areas just under 70s…but we will keep our fingers crossed.
Friday we should be done with precipitation, and temps pull back closer to normal. Clouds give way to some sun as the day progresses. On Saturday, we still see some clouds around and we cant rule out early morning sprinkles, flurries or even lake effect snow in NE Ohio. WE should turn out partly sunny over the rest of the state.
Beautiful, dry, sunny weather arrives on Sunday with high pressure dominating. The dry pattern holds all the way through next week into the start of the 11-16 day period next Friday. Temperatures will be near normal through the period. Unfortunately, we can’t keep that pattern going for the balance of the extended window.
Scattered showers are back starting Saturday the 23rd. Those will be mostly from US 30 northward and will produce rain totals up to .3″. The same set up will be in still for Sunday and Monday…with rains up to .3″ each day from US 30 northward, but nothing farther south. Finally we see statewide rains develop for Monday night through Tuesday and Wednesday. Combined rain totals for the event, from next weekend through the 27th will be 1-3 inches from US 30 north, and 1-2″ from US 30 south. Coverage will be 90% of the state. Colder air arrives at the end of the 16 day window for Thursday the 28th. That may trigger a little bit of morning snow with statewide potential, but no accumulation.