CLEVELAND - Power of 5 Meteorologist Mark Johnson says to expect dry conditions overnight.
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FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE: Weak cold front is sliding south of the viewing area this evening. Storm activity is limited to south of a Youngstown to Canton to Norwalk line. The rest of the area is under a dome of fair weather. That means dry forecast for this evening and overnight, with just a small storm chance south of Canton and Wooster. Lows tonight will fall back into the lower and middle 60s.
EARLIER DISCUSSION: Starting to see some development along and south of I-80. Plan on brief downpours and occasional thunder. More activity is possible this afternoon, temperatures are in the lower 80s with high humidity. The table is set for more storms.
I'm watching an area that has kicked off from this morning heavy rain across SW Ohio. Plan on thickening clouds early afternoon with storms popping up. The main threat will be heavy rain but small hail and gusty winds are possible. I'll keep an eye on the Power of 5 through the day and keep you updated right here, on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to click the links above and "Follow" or "Like" my pages.
Ongoing showers in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. There a few heavier pockets as showers head south and east from the lake. Elsewhere clouds and a few spots of very light rain. Afternoon storms still predicted but Southwest still looking at the best chance for storms. Flooding is possible so stay connected when the rain begins.
Saturday and Sunday are looking better and better as the latest data is trying to clear out our rain chances. I would still keep the rain gear as we will still have plenty of moisture to tap into but many of us will have an enjoyable weekend before additional storm chances arrive next week.
FRIDAY FORECAST: A front remains draped over the state leaving the chance for showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Morning showers have decreased on the far East side, while the Southwest near Mansfield, Bailey Lakes, Ashland, Ripley and Clark can expect additional showers not only this morning but has a better chance for afternoon storms as well. In addition to the isolated rain, you will find mostly cloudy skies with temperatures warm near 70 degrees.
I expect another round of storms to develop and move east/southeast through our area between 11am and about 5 pm. While a storm or two is still possible during the evening, the majority of us will stay dry during the evening. Highs for your Friday will stay muggy, in the lower 80s.
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