High pressure will build across Ohio today. A few lake effect snow showers ongoing this morning will shift northeastward up the lake as winds shift to the west and southwest. It will remain mostly cloudy through this afternoon. High temperatures today will reach the low to mid 30s.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 20s.
On Saturday, the high pressure system over the area will shift to our east. A milder southwesterly flow will develop on the backside of the high across our area. This will help to boost temperatures into the 40s Saturday afternoon under partly cloudy skies.
A strong arctic cold front will surge southeastward through the Great Lakes Saturday evening, and across northeastern Ohio late Saturday night. Snow showers are expected to develop ahead of the cold front as it crosses the area. A few heavier squalls could occur as the front moves through. It will become windy as well with gusty southwest winds shifting to westerly overnight. Some locations could see gusts in excess of 40 mph. Temperatures will hold in the 30s to low 40s ahead of the front, then drop sharply once the front passes with lows bottoming out in the mid 20s by daybreak Sunday.
A much colder, arctic air mass will settle southward across the area on Sunday as a polar vortex becomes established over southeastern Canada. Temperatures will struggle to recover at all from the morning low temperatures with most locations remaining in the mid 20s. Temperatures could fall a few degrees during the afternoon hours. It will be windy with scattered lake effect snow showers continuing. The heaviest and most persistent snow showers will fall across the snow belt areas east of Akron and Cleveland.
A disturbance will move southeastward across the area Sunday night and Monday bringing more widespread snow showers to the entire area and a reinforcing shot of cold air. Lows Sunday night will fall to the low to mid teens with highs on Monday only rebounding to the upper teens to low 20s.
Cold temperatures and occasional lake effect snow showers will continue through the middle of next week.