Rain moves into the state today, and we end up dealing with a wet pattern for most of the rest of the week. Scattered showers may wait until midday to really ramp up, but they continue tonight through tomorrow, and then may try and end as some snow in parts of the state overnight tomorrow night through early Friday. However, accumulations are not likely in most areas, and if snow does stick, we are talking only a coating on cars or grassy surfaces, mostly north and northwest. Liquid equivalent precipitation totals will be .5″-1.5″ over 100% of Ohio. Significantly colder air comes in behind this system for Friday afternoon and it holds through the weekend. Temps will be below normal. Stronger west winds on Saturday may trigger some lake effect snows, but the best of them in Ohio will be in far NE areas of the state. Truly, the biggest lake effect will be in Michigan. But lake effect clouds may be more of an issue for us on Saturday over the northern third of the state. Otherwise, look for partly to mostly sunny skies from Friday afternoon on through the weekend.
Sunshine continues next Monday, but temps will warm considerably, getting back to normal and even a bit above normal. This will be thanks to south flow ahead of our next front, which brings scattered showers Tuesday midday and afternoon. Rain totals there will be very minor at a few hundredths to .25″ but if we have moisture around, that means we are not drying. Sunshine and cooler air returns for Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
Next Friday scattered showers are back across the eastern corn belt. We look for anywhere from a tenth to three quarters of an inch of moisture in Ohio, but coverage may be closer to 60% from that event. That will bring the 10 day window to a close.
For the extended period, we are dry to start. From Saturday the 9th through Monday the 11th we should be partly sunny and cool, with windy conditions for the 10th. Clouds then start to build on Tuesday the 12th with rain developing by evening, and then continuing through Wednesday. This could be a bigger rain event for the region, with .25″-1.25″ possible the way the system looks right now. We finish the period with partly sunny skies Thursday the 14th.