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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 8, 2017

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After hit and miss snows yesterday winds push back to the west and that should yield a mix of sun and clouds through the day, but cold air is still the main feature.

A clipper system continues its path towards us for tomorrow. This system brings some snow back to Ohio, and we can see anywhere from a coating to 2 inches over about 70% of the state. The southern third of the state may be limited to a dusting, but all told, we see snow developing by mid to late morning, and then going through midnight tomorrow night. Higher totals will be seen along the southern shore of Lake Erie and in typical NE Ohio lake effect areas. The map above gives some ideas about snow potential for tomorrow.  We finish the weekend on Sunday with very little new snow. We can see some additional lake effect flurries in parts of northeast Ohio, but coverage will be somewhat spotty. Clouds will mix with sun, in the vast majority of the region. Winds turn southwest late in the afternoon.

Monday could be an interesting day. Lake snows to start the day up north will slowly drift south, and we see an injection of additional moisture into the state. Southwest winds will try and boost temps over the southern half of the state where snows are not around early. This will create a nice little boundary that intensifies in the afternoon, leading to light snows over about 60% of the state by late afternoon and evening. The best chances will be over the eastern half of the state. These linger into Tuesday morning, and again, we see better snows near the Lake (which should go without saying, we suppose). Additional scattered snow showers move through on Tuesday with 50% coverage, but offer not much in the way of additional accumulation.

We are mostly dry for midweek on Wednesday and Thursday, as our midweek clipper has dramatically dissipated and will likely only trigger some clouds. However, fast moving front does sweep in from Michigan and northern Indiana for Friday, and it can bring a couple of inches of snow to the state. The best chances for next Friday are north of I-70. Cold air continues to be a constant all the way through the week next week.

Next weekend (16th-17th) looks to be dry at this point, and southwest winds for Saturday may take temps back up to normal and slightly above normal levels. However, colder air begins to return next Sunday. In the extended period, an upper level low moves across the Great Lakes to start the week of Christmas and may bring some snow showers back to northern Indiana. But, we are more interested in a strong frontal complex sweeping through around the 21st. This front has plenty of moisture coming up off the Gulf, and will likely bring rain to start, changing over to snow. Liquid equivalents with this frontal complex will be up to at least half an inch, and coverage will be 100%. We think it is completely within the realm of possibility to see a couple of inches from that system as it sits right now, and perhaps more if it holds together and cold air comes faster.

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