CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A trough of low pressure over the Great Lakes region will remain in place through Thursday. Cold, Arctic high pressure over the northern Plains on Thursday will build southeast into the Great Lakes by Friday. Low pressure over the southern United States on Saturday will move northeast towards the Mid-Atlantic region by Sunday.
Short Term Forecast:
Good evening! Well, Winter is back. (I guess we really haven’t seen it since November, huh?) I tweeted this out earlier this afternoon when we had a good lake effect band right over downtown Cleveland.
Were you freezing today?! Me too! It’s going to get even colder tonight. We’ll be falling into the low 20s by early Thursday morning. Cold, northwest winds will continue to move over the area, making it feel even colder than the actual air temperature.
We’ve still got some good lake effect going out there, and I expect scattered lake effect snow showers and squalls to continue through the evening. These should wind down a bit overnight.
By the time you wake up tomorrow morning, most of the snow should be confined to the Primary Snow Belt. I can’t rule out a few early-morning flakes outside of the Snow Belt though.
Highs tomorrow will only make it into the upper 20s. Brr! Winds may gust up to 30 mph on Thursday.
Quiet Ending To The Work Week:
With that Arctic high settling in for Friday, things will be a bit quieter. We are not forecasting any snow for Friday. Expect mostly cloudy skies and highs around 30°.
In the Weather Scenario above, I mentioned that there would be an area of low pressure over the south on Saturday.
A lot of this feature’s moisture will stay to our south. However, we are still expecting a little snow from this. Light snow showers will begin to move in by midday Saturday.
The system will move east through the day, bringing us widespread, light snow throughout the evening and overnight hours.
Most of the snow should come to an end by Sunday morning.
We will be closely watching the track and timing of this system. If it slows down, the snow will linger into Sunday. If the track shifts farther north, we could end up with a little more snow.
Right now a widespread 1” – 3” looks good to me.
Stay tuned as we continue to fine tune the forecast.
Saturday’s high: 31°
Sunday’s high: 35°