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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 29, 2017

Cold air is in over the state again this morning while a few lake snows linger in northern parts of Ohio. The best and longest lasting snows this morning will be limited to NE Ohio, but the little wave that is triggering the snow is passing by north of the lake. Everything should be winding down by late morning. The rest of the state stays dry through midday with sun trying to poke through. Generally speaking, our forecast is nearly unchanged this morning.

Our next clipper system arrives this evening and goes through the day tomorrow. Snow totals still do not look all that impressive in most areas. We are leaving our totals at a coating to 2”, but most of the state will be at an inch or less. The 1-2 inch snows will be in southwest and south central Ohio, mostly south and east of Dayton. Coverage of snow overnight tonight and tomorrow will be 80% of the state. Strong north winds rush in behind the system and will bring the next push of very cold air. These winds will also kick up some lake effect snows in NE OH and along the lake shore to finish the weekend. We have a concern that those snows hang around into midweek next week in far northeast counties, even though the strength of the winds diminish after Sunday. So, these lake snows can bring an additional 1 to 6 inches over the coming days. The rest of the state will see the strong winds create nasty wind chills for the weekend and for New Year’s Day. will keep lake snows in the forecast over NE Ohio through Saturday evening and potentially on into midweek next week. This can bring additional inches to far NE Ohio, and as we mentioned yesterday, the areas that seem to be most in the crosshairs are Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga and Trumbull counties, although anywhere along the south lake shore we can see lake snows, at least to finish the weekend.

January brings a new month, but not new air. We are stuck with the cold for the entire week. Temperatures will be potentially in the teens, single digits and below zero all the way through the end of the week. We have two clipper systems moving quickly through for the week. The first hits Wednesday bringing a coating to an inch with 60% coverage, and then another clipper with a coating to 2” for late Thursday night (4th) through Friday (5th).  Generally, though, snow is not the headline for next week….cold air is.

In the extended window, we could be looking at another major winter storm arriving around the 7th-8th of January as a strong front sweeps in and moisture comes up the front from the south. It is followed quickly by a similar surge for the 9th-10th. If these two come through in rapid succession as is currently being projected, we could be looking at significant snows as we move through the first part of January. Strong winds would be expected with any such frontal passage. Temperatures are expected to moderate ahead of those systems slightly, coming off the bitter cold levels we see next week, but we expect below normal temps right on into mid-January, which would mean that snow would be the primary precipitation type.

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