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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 30, 2018

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Snow is trying to exit eastern Ohio this morning, and clouds will be slow to break up behind the action as it leaves. Cold air will hold over Ohio for most of the day. High pressure will set up in over the state this afternoon, and even though we should see some sunshine, temps will stay below normal. Still, late this afternoon and evening, we should be on the backside of the high, and we will see winds go more southwest. Winds become very strong tomorrow, averaging 15-30 mph and that will take temps well above normal. We should see highs tomorrow afternoon a good 10-20 degrees above normal. The strong wind will also signal a strong front moving closer from the west.

That front slowly works south and east across Ohio through Thursday. Precipitation kicks off in NW Ohio ahead of daybreak and then we see this slow sagging front progressing through the state through the rest of the day. Action does not look very impressive anymore, and we are taking our rain totals down a bit father this morning. We are projecting a few hundredths up to .3” over the state, with the best rains in the south. You would have to go down into central and northern Kentucky to see rains near half an inch or more now.

Behind the front, cold air returns with another quick moving high tracking across Ohio. This sets up in NW Ohio Friday morning. Strong north winds will keep the cold top of mind and trigger some wind chills. Temperatures Saturday morning will be approaching zero over the northern most parts of the state, with single digits and low teens to the south.

Snow returns for Sunday with another fast moving system. Snow will be seen in all areas of the state, as the freezing line will be down near the Ohio River through the day.  We expect snow totals of at least a coating to 2 inches, and we may see some 4 inch totals in spots, mostly north of US 30. In Northeast Ohio, we need to leave the top end open on the Sunday snows, as we think there likely is a great lake effect set up. The map above shows potential snow accumulations out of the Sunday system through Monday morning.

Cold air remains on Monday, and we have a clipper bringing another brief spat of snow into the state on Tuesday. There we can see another coating to an inch over 60% of the state. Temps behind that clipper get colder and we could see some single digit to near zero readings for Wednesday morning. The rest of the week stays below normal.

For the extended period, we have another clipper bringing a chance of snow accumulation late the 8th into the 9th, another for the afternoon of the 10th, and a stronger system for the 12th. With temps staying below normal, we will be off to a cold and snowy start for the first two weeks of February.

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