We start off the week with some nicer weather. Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected today. Tomorrow we have to leave the door open for some hit and miss moisture south of a line from Cleveland to Dayton. However, the moisture is not impressive or well organized, so only a few hundredths to .25″ are truly possible with coverage at no better than 50%. The rest of the day and the rest of the state will feature a mix of clouds and sun. We are dry and at least partly sunny again on Wednesday.
Thursday we have a minor disturbance trying to come up from the south. This will bring moisture potential to areas from I-70 southward at a minimum, and we may see it expand farther north through Thursday afternoon. Rain totals can be from ..05″-.4″ with coverage at 80%. The track and northern extent of this system is still up in the air at this time, so this will be something we watch closely over the next day or two.
A major push of cold air is on the way behind that system for late in the week. Clouds mix with sun for Friday, and we turn out partly to mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday. Lake effect snows are possible on Friday in NE Ohio, clouds increase Sunday afternoon.
Another cold push, this time with moisture attached, comes for Sunday overnight through Monday. This will trigger snow statewide, and the next leg down in a brutal cold push. We expect snow accumulation in most of the state, from a coating to 2 inches. Then we get very cold for Tuesday and Wednesday as skies clear out, except for some lake effect snow along the south shore of Lake Erie.
Generally, there are some windows of opportunity for harvest in the next 10 days, as we see mostly minor moisture. The map at right shows 10 day liquid equivalent cumulative moisture. However, the cold air will be advancing fast over the region from late this week through next.