Plenty of clouds around today as we have cold air advancing from the north and west, and moisture lifting into Ohio from the SW. We expect at least scattered rain or snow showers over 75% of the state today, with only the NW quadrant having a good chance of missing the action. From I-70 north, precipitation will be mostly snow. South of I 70, we can see rain, sleet, freezing rain or snow. Liquid equivalent precipitation will be a few hundredths to .4″, but the upper end of the range will be limited to areas well south of I-70, and a few hundredths to .25″ will be the most general precipitation amount today.
Much colder tomorrow, but clouds give way to sun. and high pressure parks over the eastern corn belt. WE stay sunny, cold and dry for Saturday too, but temps start to moderate a bit on Sunday. That temperatures moderation comes with some clouds, but for right now we are keeping precipitation out of the forecast.
We have our next leg down in temps for the first part of next week, with a cold front ripping through the area on Monday. That front will bring some snow to Ohio, with the potential for a coating to 2 inches over most of the state. We turn much colder for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and clouds from the frontal complex (along with a bit of precipitation) may linger into early Tuesday morning before breaking up. Tuesday likely is the coldest day, but Wednesday is no slouch either. Thursday brings clouds back and a few flurries, but nothing well organized. Then Friday and Saturday of next week we finish out our 10 day forecast window with partly to mostly sunny skies, but still well below normal temps.
So, overall, the number one feature of the forecast this morning is colder air…temps will average well below normal now through nearly thanksgiving. But, the other take away is that we have a little less moisture potential…partly because we are talking about more snow, and partly because we are seeing a reduction in available moisture for the system late this weekend through early next week.