High pressure will move to the east of the area today as a low pressure system moves eastward through the Great Lakes. The southwesterly flow between these systems will help to boost temperatures to around 50 degrees this afternoon. It will be breezy with winds gusting to 40 mph at times.
Clouds will increase this evening as an arctic cold front surges southeastward through the Great Lakes. This front will reach northeastern Ohio overnight, accompanied by gusty winds and snow showers. Once the front passes, temperatures will drop sharply, bottoming out in the low to mid 20s by daybreak Sunday. It will remain windy throughout the night with gusts in excess of 45 mph possible.
Sunday will be breezy and cold with scattered snow showers. As colder air settles across the region during the afternoon, more organized lake effect snow bands will begin to take shape. Highs on Sunday rise only to the mid 20s.
A reinforcing cold front will cross the area Sunday night. Once this front passes by, winds will become well aligned out of the west-northwest as very cold air pours across the lake. The lake effect snow will increase significantly Sunday night and continue through the day on Monday. The heaviest snow is expected to fall east of the Akron and Cleveland areas. Lows Sunday night will fall to the low to mid teens with highs on Monday around 20 degrees.
While most areas will pick up some snow accumulation during the period from Saturday night through Monday, the heaviest snow fall should be across the snow belt where significant accumulations are possible.
Very cold air will remain in place across the area for Tuesday and Wednesday with a continued threat of lake effect snows. Highs both days will be in the teens with lows of -5 to 5.