We are leaving our forecast alone this morning in nearly every facet. The rest of the week continues to look wet. We have a strong cold front moving into and across the state today through tomorrow. That front brings rains this morning to NW Ohio, and then it slowly moves south and east through the rest of the day, slowing as it gets into southern Ohio. We are leaving rain totals at .25”-.75” over 90% of the state today, and the higher end of the range will be in northern and NW parts of the state as an offshoot of the significant rains rocking Indiana this morning. , The front does lose a bit of its serious punch this afternoon. However, overnight tonight through tomorrow, another pulse of moisture moves up the front. This brings heavier rain back into the state tomorrow, particularly over southern Ohio. We are keeping rain totals tomorrow at .25”-1” from I-70 southward, and Thursday afternoon perhaps a few hundredths to .25” in NE parts of the state. North central and NW Ohio likely miss out on Thursday.
From there on out, our forecast is unchanged. On Friday we have another wave coming up from the southwest. This will bring rains of .5”-2” to areas south of US 30, Far northern areas of Ohio should miss out on that system.
Saturday, scattered showers are back with .25”-.5” over 80% of the state, and a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch in the remaining areas.
Sunday has rains of .5”-.75” over the 80% of the state, but action still is on a fast track out. That means we look for rains to be done by shortly after noon, and we should start to dry Sunday afternoon and evening. The map above shows an update of cumulative rain totals through Sunday evening.
We stay rain free Monday through early Thursday morning of next week. A minor disturbance can trigger a few scattered showers in northeast Ohio on Tuesday, but this is not thought to be a big event, and should stay fairly localized.
A strong system returns for the start of March on Thursday the 1st, pushing into the 2nd. This system brings rains again, with half to 1.5” potential on the conservative side. Late in the 11-16 day window we have a cold front that crosses the around the 6th with rain potential of half to 1.25”