Old Man Winter is not done with us yet. While we have enjoyed a very mild stretch of weather for much of the time since Christmas we are still going to endure some cold spells as we go through the middle of March. Our next cold blast arrives Thursday night with a low pressure system. That means snow.
The low will develop across the Ohio Valley along a slow moving cold front. The pressure system will strengthen as it heads towards the Delmarva to our east, but not before it drops some moderate snow on some of us in the Buckeye State.
A few rain showers are possible during the day, but they will be isolated. Snow will develop from north to south, especially across the eastern half of the state around dinner time. A cold front will drift on through dropping temperatures through the 30s as wet snow falls through the later evening hours.
Some moderate to heavy snow will fall mainly east of I-71 with some accumulating snow stretching westward to Lima and Marion. Overall northwest Ohio will see an inch or less. The best corridor of snow will be from Mansfield to Akron to Youngstown. Temperatures will be above freezing for much of the heavier snow, which makes it difficult to accumulate much.
A general 1-3″ is likely from Columbus on north. Southern Ohio might see some snowflakes, but overall just expect mainly rain for the southern portion of the state. There may be a changeover to some snow, especially in Southeast Ohio where a slushy half inch of so could accumulate. That chance is less near Dayton and Cincinnati.
There will likely be a narrow corridor somewhere around Dover, Cadiz and East Liverpool where a few inches could accumulate if the snowfall rates are high enough and the temperatures drop fast enough.