Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 23, 2018

We try to bring a little good news to you this morning by saying we don’t see quite as much moisture in the coming few days. That is not to say we will be rain free…far from it. We still have rain for today, tomorrow and a good part of Sunday. However, we are not putting as dramatic of rain totals into our forecast this morning. We still have the potential for heavy rain from overnight tomorrow night through Sunday, but that is the only over the top rainfall we see now. Let’s break it down.

Today, we have rain showers move across Ohio, bringing mostly.25”-.5” but we won’t rule out an a few slightly higher totals, particularly north central and northeast Ohio. The rain moves out by this evening, and we do not see any significant moisture overnight. Rain returns tomorrow and will bring potential for another .25”-.5” over the state with 70% coverage.

Overnight tomorrow night into Sunday morning we see a cold front bring significant rain and thunderstorm action to a large part of Ohio. Rain totals can be from half to 2.5” of rain over 80% of the state. The biggest rain totals will be in central and southern Ohio, but we will not rule anyone out. This rain will be very intense and we expect flooding problems to manifest in multiple areas of Ohio. However, the system is also moving quickly, so we can see rain done in all parts of the state by early afternoon Sunday. The map below shows moisture through Sunday evening, and keep in mind most of this happens overnight Saturday night through Sunday midday.

Drier weather finally arrives for the rest of Sunday and we see dry, sunny, rain free weather for Monday through Wednesday.

Thursday afternoon through Friday we have rains returning to the region. We look for .1”-.5
rains over 70% of the state. We follow that up with at least 3 more dry days, and may not see our next system until the 6th, where we can pick up half to 1.5” rains. The rest of the extended forecast is drier.

As far as temperatures go for the next 10 days, we look for temps to warm some this weekend with strong south flow ahead of that cold front for overnight Saturday into Sunday. Then temps will be normal to slightly below for next week. However, we still stay warm enough to be looking at mostly rain next Thursday into Friday.

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