Partly sunny and cold again today, but not as cold as yesterday. Temps will begin to moderate some today, and then overnight tonight we really do not see much of a low, as temps slowly rise. However, we do have a little clipper wave that comes through, bringing a chance of snow overnight through tomorrow morning to areas from I-70 northward. There we can see a coating to 2 inches, while south of I-70, there can be a dusting in spots. Total coverage of the snow event will be around 50% of the state. Temps continue to moderate through the balance of tomorrow, climbing to near normal as clouds give way to sun.
Warm air builds through the weekend. Saturday, we have a mix of clouds and sun, with more clouds in the north, more sun in the south. Sunday is partly sunny state wide, and temps both days are well above normal. Monday will be our warmest day out of the coming forecast period, with temps in the 50s and 60s. The map at right shows potential Monday highs. Rain will start late on Monday and go through early Tuesday morning. Rain totals run from .05” to .4” with 50% coverage.
Additional rain sweeps across the state for Tuesday, bringing another .25”-.75” with 80% coverage. This, with the warm temps will create a very greasy, muddy mess in many areas, with all current snow cover gone by that time frame. On Wednesday, we look for clouds to give way to some sun, and it will start to turn colder. We may end up with a little bit of snow near the Ohio river as we start off the day next Wednesday, depending on how fast the cold air advances south and east.
The rest of the 10 day window is dry next week with partly to mostly sunny skies and cold air in place for Thursday through Saturday. Temps will move back to well below normal levels.
WE are keeping a substantial frontal complex in the extended period forecast for the 10th and 11th. This system looks to have plenty of moisture but may be able to hold on to a stronger push of warm air ahead of the front’s arrival. Because of that, we are going to allow for rain or snow in our forecast, and perhaps even a rain changing to snow event. Until track is settled, we will allow for both solutions. We are looking at another system for around Valentine’s day that can also bring snow. The extended period does remain on the colder side of normal, through at least mid-month.