A storm system will pass just south of the region today. While clouds will continue to spread across the region, the precipitation associated with the storm will stay south of the area.
Skies will begin to clear out from north to south late in the day as the low moves to our east and high pressure builds across the area. This will make for a partly cloudy, dry night tonight.
On Thursday, the high will move off to our east while another low pressure system moves into the Great Lakes. A southwesterly return flow of milder air between these systems will become established across the area on Thursday. The day will start off dry, but scattered rain showers will be possible later in the afternoon as the system over the Great Lakes moves closer.
The low will pass by to the north of the area Thursday night. A cold front will cross northeastern Ohio during the evening, changing rain showers over to snow showers. Snow showers will likely persist overnight as colder air spreads across the area.
On Friday a secondary, reinforcing shot of colder air will arrive. Scattered snow showers will continue across the entire area. As the cold air deepens, conditions will become favorable for lake effect snow showers and squalls to the southeast of Lake Erie. While everybody stands a chance of seeing some light accumulations, several inches will be possible across the snow belt.
A cold, northwesterly flow will continue through Saturday with snow showers likely across the snow belt. Additional accumulations are possible.
The flow will relax and snow showers will gradually diminish on Sunday as high pressure builds back across the area.