CLEVELAND - Earlier today, I posted a tweet that caused quite a stir. It was a snowfall forecast for this coming Friday night and Saturday morning. The graphic was just one of the computer forecasts we use to predict upcoming weather. What did it show? A swath of snowfall across all of Northern Ohio, anywhere from 2-5 inches.
Now, before you start to panic, the likelihood of us seeing this kind of snowfall accumulation this early in October is highly unlikely. I'm not including accumulating snow in my weekend forecast because I just don't think it's going to happen.
But, the purpose of my tweet was to get the social conversation started about a very cold, raw weekend coming our way. And, yes, many of you could see your first snowflakes Saturday or Sunday.
Any snow though would most likely mix with lake effect rain showers, since Lake Erie is so warm. Any snow would not likely accumulate on the warm ground either.
Sleet and ice pellets are also possible, mixed in with any rain showers this weekend. Temperatures will be cold, struggling to reach 50 degrees both Saturday and Sunday, and overnight lows will drop down into the 30s. Our region may experience its first widespread frost either Sunday or Monday morning, depending on cloud cover and wind speed.
Still, snow is not out of the question for Northern Ohio in early October. The earliest measurable snow ever in Cleveland occurred on Oct. 2, 2003. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport measured point-3 inches that morning. Back in Oct. of 1962, a whopping eight inches of snow fell during the month, the most ever for any October in Greater Cleveland history.
Akron's earliest snowfall occurred on Sept. 18, 1954, when a trace of snow was measured. Akron's snowiest October was in 1952, when 6.8 inches of snow fell during the month.
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