Thanks for a cruddy day, Old Man Winter. Time to be off with ye! It's springtime in the land! It'll start feeling a little more like the correct season in the next few days.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: flurries ending, clouds then clearing, low 26.
THURSDAY: mostly sunny, milder, high 44.
FRIDAY: sun then clouds, high 47.
SATURDAY: wintry mix and snow, mainly south of I-70, high 45.
SUNDAY: clouds then clearing, high 50.
MONDAY: sun the clouds, high 52.
TUESDAY: rain and showers, high 56.
Snow showers are tapering off in Columbus this afternoon and we have some clearing on the way this evening. The next couple of days will feel a little more springlike (though cooler-than-average) with lots of sunshine. The low-pressure center that's been causing us grief is moving eastward and will be out of the hair soon.
High pressure builds into the area on Thursday and lingers into Friday. We'll have some beautiful sunshine to brighten moods and warmer temperatures to melt off the snow.
It all changes again Saturday. Old Man Winter isn't giving up without a vicious fight. A low-pressure center will scoot through St. Louis on a trajectory that takes it down in to Tennessee and, eventually, off the east coast. Precip will start to move into southern Ohio in the morning and a batch of freezing rain, sleet, and wintry mix will buffet the area for most of the day and into the evening. Most of the precip will stay south of I-70. Columbus will be on the northern edge of the system and may get some slippery conditions. Accumulations are likely to be 2"-3" in southern Ohio with less than an inch in the metro area. For a change, the models seem to be in agreement on this one!
A high pressure center in Quebec becomes our major influence on Sunday and into Monday with sunshine and warmer temperatures. With the GFS and the Euro in agreement, holding off the rain until Tuesday, I'm going to drop the POPs from Monday and give it a partly-cloudy icon.
A dramatic warm front lifts into the state on Tuesday with the associated low-pressure center driving through the region Tuesday night and Wednesday. Bumping the POPs to 80% for Tuesday. They'll bring us rain and some downpours, perhaps even some thunder, but at least it's warm enough to be rain instead of snow! Yay!
Marshall McPeek, Meteorologist.
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