Northeast Ohio weather: Rain returns this weekend

Northeast Ohio weather: Rain returns this weekend
We’re starting off the day with temps in the 40s. (Source: Jankowski, Jonathan)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Low pressure over the lower Mississippi River Valley will slowly move northeast today, reaching the Ohio Valley by tomorrow night. This low will continue east through the weekend, moving off the Mid-Atlantic coast by Sunday night. A cold front will then swing through the Great Lakes Sunday night into Monday. High pressure will return to the region by the middle of next week.

Forecast: Expect warmer-than-usual temps this weekend

Short Term Forecast:

Good afternoon! What an incredible day out there. Mid 50s in December? Yes, please! (We’ll pay for it in March, I’m sure.)

If you’re curious about records for today, the record high at Hopkins is 65°. That was set in 2015. Remember how mild that Winter was as a whole? The Winter of 2015 was an El Niño Winter. It was warmer and drier than average. We also expect this Winter to be an El Niño Winter. Even Christmas that year was unusually warm.

Anyway, I digress. That’s climate. This is weather.

If you’re enjoying these warmer-than-average temperatures, I’ve got good news for you. Things will remain fairly mild through the overnight hours. Temperatures will only fall into the upper 30s overnight.

Clouds will also be thickening up through the night. Rain showers will begin to creep into areas south of Canton after 10:00 PM. We’ll likely remain dry in the Cleveland area tonight.

Weekend Outlook:

The area of low pressure I mentioned above is going to be super slow to move in. It is also going to be battling some dry air upon approach, meaning measurable rain will struggle to reach the ground.

By Saturday morning we’ll have a few light showers south of Canton. The rain will slowly move north through the day, reaching the Akron area by the afternoon. Showers will continue to slowly move north through the afternoon hours, creeping into Cleveland around sunset or so. (The sun sets at 4:59 PM tomorrow.)

Disclaimer: Depending on whether or not the system can overcome the dry air, it may not rain in Cleveland until 8:00 PM or so. We’ll be monitoring this closely through the weekend.

Rain will linger through tomorrow night and into Sunday morning. We should dry out nicely by Sunday afternoon.

Temperature-wise, clouds and rain will keep things a bit cooler through the weekend. That being said, it’s still going to be warmer-than-average.

Saturday’s high: 46°

Sunday’s high: 43°

As I mentioned above, a cold front will move through on Sunday night. This will bring us a shot for a few lake effect snow showers late Sunday night into Monday.

It will also be cooler by the start of next week.

Looking Ahead:

High temperatures will be more seasonable early next week. We’re going to be topping out in the mid and upper 30s Monday and Tuesday.

Outside of a few snow showers on Monday, we’re going to be very quiet through Wednesday.

Rain chances will return to the forecast on Thursday, as high temperatures return to the upper 40s.

Winter begins on Friday, and Mother Nature has plans for us. High temperatures will return to seasonal norms in the mid 30s. Snow showers will be possible.

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