Widespread rain will change to snow Thursday night bringing a few inches to parts of northern Ohio.
A low pressure system is developing across the nation’s midsection and will track northeastward into the Ohio Valley and lower Great lakes as we go throughout Thursday. This will bring a large region of steady light to moderate rain across Ohio during the day. Most of the day will be a washout, so make sure to keep the rain gear handy if you’re venturing outside.
There could be a widespread half-inch to inch of rain for most Ohioans. This should not be enough to cause additional widespread flooding, but some low-lying areas could have some minor flooding issues. Ponding of water is likely on the roads.
Temperatures will be mild during the day with 40s for much of the state. Southern Ohio should hit the 50s and NW Ohio likely stays chilly. The cold front moves through during the evening hours and temperatures will drop west to east across the state.
Here Comes The Snow
Moderate snow will break out across northern Ohio as temperatures drop into the low 30s during the evening hours. Winds will shift around to the NW and become very gusty. Cold air will pour in from the north. Lake Erie will do a nice job of helping out the overall system moisture in place. Lake enhanced snow becomes common along the snowbelt counties and possible surrounding the belt.
Ground temperatures will take a little while to get cold, but air temperatures around 30 degrees and moderate snow should allow for accumulation once we get into the overnight. Some heavy snow is even possible in spots around the snowbelt for a few hours by early Friday morning.
The snow forecast shows a widespread area of a couple of inches being possible. The Toledo area ends up around 1-3″. Just a coating os snow is likely south of the RT-30 corridor and across Columbus and the rest of central Ohio. A band of snow in the higher terrain south and east of Cleveland will likely produce 2-4″. The heart of the snowbelt could see around a half-foot in spots around Chardon.
We expect sustained 15-25mph winds from the evening Thursday through much of Friday. Wind gusts could be 30-40mph at times. This will blow the snow around and greatly reduce visibility at times.
Quickly accumulating snow and gusty winds will slow down travel in many spots. The snow will be pretty wet, so there should not be a ton of drifting.