Northeast Ohio weather: Warming up by Wednesday

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - High pressure is moving through the Great Lakes as we speak.

The high will move off the East Coast by late Wednesday.

Forecast: Warming up by Wednesday

A strong area of low pressure will move from the southeastern US north through the eastern US by the end of the work week. This will bring widespread rain for holiday travelers.

Short Term Forecast:

It started off quite cloudy today, but those clouds are quickly lifting.

Expect mostly clear skies for the rest of the day.

With clear skies overnight, we’ll fall into the upper 20s by early tomorrow morning.

Despite a cold start to the day Wednesday, temperatures will warm into the mid 40s by the afternoon. Mostly clear skies will become partly cloudy as the morning goes on. We are not forecasting any rain or snow for tomorrow.

Talk about some nice weather for mid-December! I love it! I hope that you do too.

Unsettled Ending To The Work Week:

We’ll begin the day Thursday on a nice, dry note. Temperatures will warm to near 50° by Thursday afternoon.

Thursday will also be a cloudier day. Some light rain will begin to pop up on regional radars by the late-afternoon and evening hours. Rain will become steadier and more widespread Thursday night into Friday.

Friday will be very wet, with periods of steady rainfall. We’ll need to keep a close eye on local creeks and rivers. Minor flooding will be possible, especially in flood-prone areas.

Temperature-wise, it’s going to be a chilly ending to the work week. Is there anything worse than a cold rain? I would typically say no, but there will be a lot of wind with this system too. Wind-driven cold rain is definitely worse than cold rain.

As colder air moves in Friday night, rain will change to snow. Some light, minor accumulation is possible.

A few snow showers will linger into Saturday morning, especially for those of you east of I-77.

Holiday Weekend Outlook:

Saturday: A few morning snow showers, mainly east. Cloudy and cold. Highs in the mid 30s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and chilly. Highs in the upper 30s.

Christmas Eve (Monday) and Christmas Day (Tuesday) will be similar in terms of temperatures. We’re looking at highs in the 30s each day.

Models are giving us a dry Christmas Eve, and for the most part, a dry Christmas Day. HOWEVER, the last few runs of the European model have me somewhat intrigued. Could we see a few snow showers on Christmas night? Hmm.

We will keep a close watch on this, and we will keep you updated.

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