A few changes to the near term forecast this morning, but the rest of the pattern remains unchanged. Today we have strong southwest winds that bring temps well above normal. We expect highs this afternoon to be 10-20 degrees above normal statewide. Winds will average 15-30 mph and will be very gusty. This is just indicative of a dramatic temperature and pressure change, something we see easily with a strong front.
However, the front continues to shed moisture, and it now looks like we see little to no precipitation in Ohio from the frontal passage. We have a wind shift and a drop in temps tomorrow, but basically no moisture, only clouds. There may be some action in far south and southeast Ohio after midday today, but it will stay close to the river, and by the same token, we can see some snow develop after sunset tomorrow night, but it will be near the river as well. Heavy precipitation stays in KY and lifts into WV. We see nothing in most areas here.
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 Saturday late afternoon into Sunday with another fast moving system. In fact, this system is coming a little faster, and has less moisture to work with. Snow still can be seen in all areas of the state, as the freezing line will be down near the Ohio River through the day. We will leave snow totals the same for now, but would suggest that many areas will be in the bottom half of our coating to 2 inch range. We still will leave the top end open on snows in NE Ohio, as there still is a great lake effect set up..
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.
To start the extended period, we have another clipper bringing a chance of snow accumulation late the 8th into the 9th, but it may favor accumulations more in Michigan than farther south and east. Another clipper moves in for the afternoon of the 10th, and a stronger system for the 12th. There is nothing this morning that would direct thoughts away from an active pattern to start February.