CLEVELAND - After a very chilly March and April, Ohio is enjoying some great summer-like warmth for the first week of May.
The good news: The warmer-than-normal weather should last for another week or so. Based on a very reliable computer forecast, Ohio can expect temperatures to average 2 to 4 degrees above normal for the first two weeks of May.
Average highs this time of year are in the lower and middle-60s. That means Mother Nature has a few more 70+ degree days up her sleeve for us for the next week and a half. (FIGURE 1 ABOVE)
Now, the not-so-great news. The warmth will take a hiatus for the third week and fourth week of May. Current forecasts suggest a batch of cooler air descending on Ohio from about May 16 through May 25.
During that period, temperatures are expected to average 2 to 3 degrees below normal for northern Ohio. Now, that doesn't mean we won't see highs in the 70s for a day or two during that period. It just means that overall, cooler than normal weather is expected for the last half of May. I would expect a few days with highs in the 50s. (FIGURE 2 ABOVE)
The other result of this current weather pattern. It looks like our severe weather threat will be limited a bit until June, when temperatures are expected to soar back upwards over the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.
May 6 to 13: Highs in the 60 and 70s. Mainly dry. Only isolated showers expected.
May 14 to 21: Showers likely. Cooler temps. Highs in the 50s and 60s.
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There was a mix of snow and slush on the roadways Friday as snowstorms from the south pushed their way into Northeast Ohio.