Partly to mostly sunny skies today. Southwest winds will help temps get a little warmer this afternoon than yesterday. Clouds will also be on the increase this afternoon too, as we get closer to a front that looks to pass overnight tonight into tomorrow. The best cloud development this afternoon will be in west and especially northwest parts of Ohio.
Showers spread over the state tonight through tomorrow. Rain totals will be mostly from .1″-.6″ with coverage at 90% of Ohio. Western areas see clouds and precipitation clear out sooner, and may even be able to see a decent sunset. However, eastern locations will be stuck with clouds and some lingering moisture into the evening.
Dry and sunny to finish the week. We are significantly cooler behind the frontal boundary for Thursday, but see a return to southwest winds for Friday which will start to boost our daytime highs again. Relative humidity values will be low so we should see decent drying both days. Partly sunny skies are expected for Saturday.
A minor frontal boundary slides in for Sunday. We are putting better chances of rain in the forecast for that day, with scattered showers over 80% of the state, although moisture totals are not that impressive. Right now we are penciling in a few hundredths to .4″. However, the boundary just primes the pump for bigger rain and thunderstorm action on Monday. A significant cold front sweeps through from west to east, and brings rains of .25″-1″ over 80% of Ohio. Heavier rains will be triggered by thunderstorms. Strong winds are likely and a big cool down comes in behind. We look for moisture to continue into the evening before a dry slot takes over. The map at right shows an update on the rain potential for this weekend and early next week.
Much colder for most of the rest of next week. This system looks very similar to the strong winter storm that hit the plains and upper Midwest last week…not in its precipitation type and spread, but in the strength of the low, and how is is very slow to track across the great lakes and out of the region. Because of that, we think that we see wrap around clouds sweeping through the northern third to quarter of the state next Tuesday and Wednesday as the low tracks through MI and Ontario. central and southern Ohio just turn out partly to mostly sunny. The entire state is partly to mostly sunny for Thursday, but we stay very cool. Temps for the bulk of next week behind the early week system will be below normal.
Temps attempt to moderate next Friday with the return of south flow, but that likely sets the stage for a frontal passage for the extended window that brings another round of rain, cold air and wind, likely the end of next weekend into early the week following.