Snow showers will continue to blow through the area this afternoon. Some heavier bands could even put down a quick dusting to half inch of snow. This is occurring thanks to the combination of a cold upper level area of low pressure moving over us and a wind flow off of Lake Michigan. The wind flow off the lake will enhance the chance for snow showers through early evening. While significant snow is not anticipated, quick bursts of snow could drop the visibility out there. Use extra caution if you will be out driving.
Skies will clear out this evening as the upper level weather system slides off to the east. This will allow temperatures to drop quickly into the lower 20s tonight. While some sunshine is expected to start your Thursday, it will give way to clouds by the afternoon. These will be on the edge of a weak disturbance sliding by to our southwest in a fast northwest flow pattern aloft. This system will produce light snow from central Indiana southeast into northern Kentucky.
The weather pattern will remain unsettled over the next seven days. Multiple storm systems are forecast to move through the Ohio Valley. While the majority will be rain, some forecast models are hinting at the threat for a little wintry precipitation depending on the exact track of the storm systems.
An area of low pressure will slide north of Columbus on Saturday morning. This will bring a warm up out ahead of it during the day Friday. Scattered showers will be possible Friday night as a cold front swings through. Depending on the timing and track of this system, some rain may change to light snow Saturday morning. However, accumulation is not expected if the snow were to occur.
The bigger weather makers currently being forecast are for Sunday and Monday of next week. Unfortunately, this is also where the most uncertainty lies. The European (ECMWF) forecast model is showing a strong surge of moisture running over a frontal boundary across Ohio. This could produce a wintry mix situation. However, the GFS (computer model run by NOAA here in America) barely develops this system and leaves Ohio dry. This will be something to keep an eye on over the next few days as we get closer to the weekend.
Both models are in agreement about a strong area of low pressure moving into the Great Lakes by Monday. This would bring a surge of warm air and rain to the region. Thunderstorms may even be likely by Monday night. The active weather pattern is forecast to continue even beyond next Monday. We could be in for an exciting second half of March! Stay with examiner.com for the latest updates.
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