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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 1, 2018

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A front moving across the state today has very little moisture with it. We expect moisture today to be most prevalent in the eastern third of the state, but are keeping an eye out for scattered showers anywhere from central Ohio all the way through to the PA border. Rain will be the predominant precipitation type today, as cold air is not able to sneak ahead of the front.

Cold high pressure sets up over NW Ohio tomorrow morning. Strong north winds will keep the cold top of mind and trigger some wind chills. We still look for single digit temps overnight tomorrow night into Saturday morning in the north, and chilly temps statewide.

Saturday will bring some sun early, but clouds come in relatively quick. By evening, our next clipper like wave will be starting to trigger snows over the northern third of the state.  We expect most action through midnight to be limited to areas north of US 30. That action moves south through the overnight, and will be statewide on Sunday. Right now we will put snow potential at a coating to 2 inches up north, a coating to an inch central and south. Those totals may be able to grow just a bit.

This will kick off a very active pattern for the rest of the week. After a dry Monday with high pressure dominating again, a clipper Tuesday brings snows in with a coating to an inch possible. The action really ramps up in KY and perhaps up across into southern Indiana and southwest Ohio with slightly warmer temps. WE could see some rains south of the OH River up to half an inch or more. WE mention this because that moisture lingers through Wednesday and may fuel clouds and some additional light snows up into central Ohio. The cold air holds over a good 80% of the state

Another clipper comes for Thursday and it could have 2-5 inches of snow, followed by another coating to an inch for Friday night into Saturday. Then we have to watch for a system to start the extended period around the 13th. You get the idea. Many little waves possible for next week, none having the exciting big push of snow, but combined, they could put a nice little blanket on the ground by the time the week is through.

The extended period shows that we have additional snows likely, a stronger system around the 15th, and cold air completely dominating the region. Temps will be below normal of the entire first half of February.

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