Columbus (WCMH) - As we head through the 2nd full week of April, quite a weather maker is getting together out west. The low will be deepening and will be making quite a mess across the country the rest of the week.
How will this impact Ohio?
Ok, lets start with home, because honestly, that is where we live :)
So, first off, this will NOT be a snow maker for us at home, but we will have some impacts from this system.
- Thursday will see a breezy day with quite a warm-up, some of the warmest temps of the year with highs in the mid to upper 70s will be possible
- Thursday night and Friday rain will be moving in, again breezy, with the cold front.
- Behind the cold front and on the backside of the exiting low, we will have a breezy, cooler weekend.
- A spoke of energy looks to swing down with additional showers on Sunday, with cool temps
Nationally, what can we expect this week?
We all have friends, family, interested outside of Ohio, and this will be impacting people all across the country, and if you are flying, this will impact flights too.
You can see the big area from the southwest where drought conditions are present, we have the risk of fire, so Fire Weather Warnings have been issued.
North you can see areas of Kansas (which were in the low 80s Tuesday afternoon), Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota and South Dakota are all under Blizzard Warnings. We have Winter Storm Warnings and Watches extending all the way into parts of northern Michigan.
Winds will really be kicking up across the mid-section of the country the next couple of days. Winds will kick up into the 40mph range with gusts between 50-60mph possible.
As this system moves to the east the wind field will move east too.
Here is what to expect the next couple of days:
Wednesday morning the rain showers to the north will start to change over to snow showers as colder air gets dragged down into this system.
By Wednesday night, much colder air, 20-40 degrees colder in parts will wrap around the low, and with the moisture getting fed in, this will produce several inches per hour of heavy, wet snow in the middle of the country and into the Rockies.
Thursday we will be watching as the low begins to move off to the east-northeast, and drags a cold front with it all the way down to the Gulf coast. This will also produce a possible marginal to slight risk in a narrow corridor ahead of the cold front.
The timing of the cold frontal passage should keep us out of peak heating when the front pushes through. But I do expect we could see some gusty winds on Thursday night and Friday.
By Friday morning we are seeing scattered showers and thunderstorms in our backyard as this system pushes the cold front through our backyard. Again the main concern would be for gusty winds with any of the showers or storms.
Behind the front, high pressure will work in later on Friday and should start to clear us out and at least give us one nice, almost seasonal day to start the weekend on Saturday. Wind will relax a bit too with the high moving through.
A second spoke of energy will move through on Sunday bringing a reinforcing shot of cooler air, and some cool rain showers that will keep temps in the 50s, below normal for this time of the year.
But remember what we are missing....
Before we complain about a less than perfect weekend, it is not snowing at least :)
Yes, that is a large path of 9-24" of snowfall, with isolated areas in South Dakota to Minnesota with isolated 2-3 feet of heavy wet snow possible. Also, to make matters worse, next week flooding will most likely be a major concern as temps return to normal and the snow melts.
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