Dry weather holds through the day today, but we will see clouds start to build overnight tonight. Temps stay on the cool side, but we will be getting much colder this weekend.
Our next system pushes rain into the state tomorrow. Moisture is developing along a line from northeast TX up through Ohio over the next 24-36 hours. However, we also have a little bit of action rotating in from the NW at the same time, and that will allow for moisture to spread over most of the state for Friday. Moisture totals are largely un-impressive in western Ohio. However, as moisture lingers longer into early Saturday in the east, we can see moisture totals grow. We are putting Ohio moisture at this point at .1″-.7″ over 95% of the state, liquid equivalent. However, temps overnight may go near or below freezing, and stay in those chilly zones through most of tomorrow and tomorrow night. So, while the moisture moves through, the cold air means we can see some wet snow either by itself in spots, or at least mixing in with light rain at times…so be prepared for a sloppy, wintry mix. The chances for the heaviest rain action will be in far eastern Ohio. The map at right shows moisture through Saturday morning.
Dry and significantly colder air returns for the weekend. Temps will be well below normal, and there no change in our thoughts about the potential for Saturday to see daytime highs stay below freezing over the northern quarter to third of the state. Sunday can be sub-45 for highs over most of the state. That dry spell holds through Monday morning to start next week as well.
We are having to make some changes in the forecast for next Monday night and early Tuesday. Another wave of moisture looks to move in from the west and southwest. The heaviest precipitation may develop ahead of midnight Monday night near and just south of the Ohio river. The rest of the action works through the state for Tuesday. Moisture totals are not all that impressive, with rains of a few hundredths to .5” liquid equivalent. Once again, though, cold air is the story, with most of the state seeing temps Monday afternoon no better than 30-38 degrees and falling off into the upper 20s and low 30s overnight Monday night. This means we are looking at some snow, or at best a rain and sloppy wet snowflake mix.
Most of the rest of next week is dry, from Tuesday afternoon through at least Friday. For the extended period, we are keeping a rather active set up for most of the period. Rains develop around Sunday the 18th and linger through Wednesday the 21st. We see at least 2 waves of moisture moving over the eastern corn belt in that time, perhaps more. Combined rain totals will be from .25”-.75” with the heaviest rain chances in the southern half of the state.