After a day with temps in the upper 50s to lower 60s across much of our area, and also ample amounts of rainfall, we are going to see a near record warm night tonight. The record for the warmest low temperature for February 7th is 50 degrees (1887), which is 27 degrees above normal.
Expect record rainfall Thursday
Thursday is going to be an exceptionally warm, but also wet day. Typically February is our driest month with about 2.25″ of rainfall/melted snow for the entire month.
We already picked up more than an inch of rain in many spots on Wednesday, and an additional inch to 2 inches in the heaviest spots will be likely on Thursday. This incredible, potentially record amount of rainfall has prompted an area-wide flood watch through Friday morning.
The record for the heaviest rainfall for February 7th is only 0.79″ (1999).
Expect record warmth Thursday
Normal highs are only in the upper 30s on Thursday, and the record for the date is 61 set all the way back in 1925. We will be nearly 25 degrees above normal in the city, with temps in the upper 60s to the south.
Highs will occur late afternoon as the winds pick up ahead of the very strong cold front that will push through.
Rain showers will end Thursday night, and much colder air will filter in for Friday. Highs on Friday will most likely go down in the books in the upper 40s, only because that will be the readings at midnight.
By daybreak we will see temps already into the 20s, and we will see the readings dropping during the day into the 20s to teens area-wide. On top of that we will have gusty northwest winds driving the winds chills back into the single digits to the northwest, and the 20s to the southeast.
From mid-late Spring temps back to the cold depths of Winter in 24 hours…. soooooo Ohio 🙂
Stay dry and stay warm!
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