Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

Thunderstorms will return to the forecast Thursday, and the threat for some of those becoming strong to severe will increase to the slight category, which ranks a 2 on a scale of 1-5.

A Flood Watch is in effect for central and southern Ohio tonight.

A slow-moving storm system will travel east along and south of the the Ohio River and rotate over eastern Kentucky, bringing several rounds of rain and embedded storms. The Friday morning band of rain associated with the first of two waves of low pressure brought a soaking 1-2 inches of rain along the I-71 corridor between Cincinnati and the Columbus area.

After an early afternoon lull, showers and a few storms developed, accompanied by heavy rain in southern Ohio. The air will be cooler and less unstable near and north of I-70, with rain showers.

Showers will linger on Saturday with a cool northerly wind, as an upper low drifts over the upper Ohio Valley, and a secondary storm forms off the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Temperatures will cooler, with readings near 60.

Mother’s Day will provide lots of sunshine and seasonal highs in the upper 60s. A building ridge of high pressure aloft next week will send temperatures soaring into the upper 70s and low 80s all week, under mainly sunny skies.

Forecast

  • Tonight: Showers continue. Low 52
  • Saturday: Light showers, cool. High 59
  • Sunday: Partly sunny, seasonable. High 67 (46)
  • Monday: Mostly sunny. High 74 (48)
  • Tuesday: Warm sunshine. High 80 (54)
  • Wednesday: Sunny. High 82 (55)
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 84 (58)