CLEVELAND - A weak trough of low pressure over Lake Erie will fade quickly today. It will keep a few flurries and a dusting of light snow in the forecast thru the afternoon. Skies will remain mostly cloudy with high temperatures climbing into the middle 30s.
High pressure will build into the area tonight, Skies should gradually clear out as the drier air moves in. Lows will drop back to near 22 degrees overnight.
The high pressure will provide us with abundant sunshine on Monday. We'll see temperatures bump back up to near 40 for the high. Travel and outdoor activities look good for Monday.
The next winter storm taking shape over the Southern Plains states will begin to affect our area early Tuesday morning. The exact track of the low pressure center will dictate precipitation type for Northern Ohio Tuesday. Right now, the low center is expected to travel up through Indiana during the day Tuesday and then up to near Detroit on Wednesday. With the low to our west, milder air will provide a mixed bag of precipitation beginning late Monday night through Tuesday. We'll likely have a brief period of freezing rain or sleet for the Tuesday morning (hopefully after the morning rush hour) before rain arrives Tuesday afternoon. Some of the rain could be moderate to heavy during the day. That rain should switch over to some snow as colder air builds back into Ohio Tuesday night into Wednesday. Snow totals will be tricky to predict on the back side of the low pressure. With Lake Erie mainly ice covered, lake effect snow should remain in check. Right now I only expect 1-2 inches of snow area-wide Tuesday night and Wednesday. A weak trough of low pressure over the Great lakes will linger through the rest of the work week, keeping the threat for snow showers with us on and off through early Saturday.
Just a few light snow showers are possible through the day on Sunday, mainly east of CLE. I expect very little, if any accumulations... a trace up to an inch. Highs Sunday will only top out in the low 30s. Expect partly cloudy skies Sunday night with lows dropping to the mid 20s.
Monday looks great with sunshine and warmer temps nearing 40. That's right on average for this time of the year.
A wintry mix is likely Tuesday with highs in the upper 30s. It looks like the wintry mix window will be short, mainly only in the morning, with mostly rain falling through the day.
Sat PM Update: We're seeing cloudy skies setting up across northern Ohio Saturday night with lows dropping into the 20s. Light snow could develop during the overnight and into the morning hours Sunday. Accumulations will be light with an inch or less of snow expected.
Update: Temperatures will hover in the lower and middle 30s the rest of the day today with a breezy west wind. Don't let a few flurries ruin your day though, we should stay mainly dry but cloudy. Tonight we drop into the 20s again.
Arctic Air over the great plains will keep us on the chilly side all weekend. Plan on temperatures in the middle 30s all weekend. Keep the coats out of the closet but keep the snow boots inside! Only a few isolated flurries expected today.
If you have Saturday evening plans, plan on a quick cool down after sunset. Overnight we'll drop back into the upper 20s under a partly cloudy sky. Heading into Sunday, we'll get in on more sunshine. Temps stay chilly and in the lower 30s but we'll kick off the workweek warmer!
Plan on near 40º temperatures Monday afternoon before winter blasts back into Ohio Tuesday. Plan on rain early Tuesday, followed by dropping temps. That will bring sleet and eventually snow throughout Tuesday afternoon. We'll keep snow in the forecast through Wednesday before clearing out Thursday. Timing of this cold air will be crucial in determining how much rain, ice and snow we get. Stay tuned for more details.