Sun to start today, but moisture is moving in a little faster than we had been looking at as we left you last week. We had been looking at action waiting until tomorrow and Wednesday to move across Ohio. Now, we see rains pushing into SW Ohio this afternoon, bringing rain totals up to half an inch. From there, rain spreads north and east through the overnight and tomorrow. Additional rains in that period of .25”-.5” will bring 36 hour totals (through Wednesday morning) to .25”-.1” over 80% of Ohio. This will bring back some field work delays. Combined rain totals will be in the upper part of the range in parts of far southwest and southeast Ohio. The map below shows potential rain totals now through midnight tomorrow night.
Since the action is moving in faster, it is gone faster. We should be dry for most of Wednesday, although clouds will be tough to break up through the morning, and we can’t rule out a lingering shower in far eastern OH. Then we are dry for all of Thursday and the start of Friday. Our next front arrives Friday evening. That front is a sweeping front that will work through all of the state from Friday evening through Saturday mid-morning. Rain totals will be from .1”-.4” over 90% of the state. Temps cool a bit behind the front.
A nice dry window emerges then from Saturday afternoon through the balance of the weekend, Monday and Tuesday. Temps will slowly build from slightly below normal levels to near normal by the end of Tuesday.
A strong cold front passes next Wednesday. This front brings rains of .5”-1” over 90% of Ohio. There can be some good thunderstorm action with this front. Rains finally end early Thursday morning.
The extended period has a nice dry window from next Thursday afternoon right on through the 8th. Temps will be a bit below normal for that stretch, as Canadian high pressure dominates the dry window. Still, we should see good evaporation and drying, as we are not suggesting super cold air in there. This, along with the prior window from Thursday through next Tuesday, should allow for significant planting progress as we head closer to May 10th across Ohio.