Our forecast pattern is taking a little better shape today, however it still may not be the exact pattern that some of us want to hear. We are going to put together 2 dry days for today and tomorrow, but we have a significant rain event for this weekend and a big weather event next week too. Today and tomorrow should be partly to mostly sunny over all of Ohio.
Saturday clouds increase. WE will start the day cloudy in the south, but may end up with a bit of sun up north. Rain moves into the state from S to north, and will be arrive sooner west vs. east too. However, rain spreads over the entire state through Saturday, Saturday night and at least through Sunday early afternoon. Rain totals will end up being 1″-3″ with 100% coverage over the state. Models have finally come into agreement on timing and system strength…and we hope they can agree eventually on rains to the lower end of the range. The heaviest rains will be near the Ohio River.
We can see some sun before Sunday is done in western Ohio, but likely do not have as good of a chance of that farther east and northeast. Still, we should see dry weather with good sunshine for Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Wednesday scattered showers return. The moisture lasts through Wednesday night and may try and end as snow in far western parts of Ohio. Generally, the better threat of snow is in western/NW Indiana, and then especially through IL. But, the cold air is coming, and so we wont completely rule out some sloppy wet snowflakes here as moisture tries to end. Liquid totals over Ohio will be from .3″-1″ with coverage at 90%. We shift to a much colder pattern behind that system for Thursday and Friday, so even through we expect good sun to return, drying will be slow, and it will be chilly.
The extended window does not feature a whole host of changes. We keep the dry pattern to start for The 3rd and 4th, with the only threat of scattered showers on the third coming in far SW parts of Ohio. Tuesday the 5th features scattered showers with potential for .1″-.5″ liquid, but only 60% coverage in OH. We finish the 11-16 day window with sun followed by clouds for Wednesday through Friday the 6th-8th, and we cant rule out a few scattered showers late on Friday the 8th.