Cold air dominates the state over the next 4 days. Today we see a mix of clouds and sun, and this afternoon we likely end up with more clouds than sun in the north. This is due to a minor lake effect disturbance working through the Great Lakes. While we do not expect significant precipitation, we can see moisture in the form of clouds, and there will be a narrow band of lake effect precipitation in NE OH, hugging the shore of Lake Erie from tonight through midday tomorrow. This system leads to a reinforcing shot of cold air out of Canada for midweek tomorrow with the chill still lingering Thursday. We have hard freezes for the entire state in for the next 3 nights. However, we expect good sunshine from Wednesday afternoon forward and temps moderate Friday afternoon through the weekend. Drying will be good, and we should have opportunities to get back into the fields.
Precipitation returns to the state next monday night and Tuesday with rain totals of .1″-.6″ and coverage at 75%. The map below shows total moisture from monday night through Tuesday night. We may front run that event with a few scattered showers in far northern tier counties monday morning into afternoon, but coverage will be minor. Behind the system we turn colder again for Tuesday night through a good chunk of the rest of the week. Temps may not be quite as cold as this week, but will be below normal. However, we should be precipitation free next Wednesday through Friday.