Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The holiday travel forecast is shaping up to be very favorable for much of the nation this week leading up to Thanksgiving.

A storm will enter the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, with rain and high-elevation snow. Showers are forecast for parts of Florida and the Southeast along a stalled frontal zone, where a budding storm will move offshore midweek. The rest of the nation will be dry and relatively mild, as arctic air retreats after a frigid spell.

The weather will be unusually quiet nationwide on Wednesday. Some snow will fall over the northern Rockies and northern Plains with a new surge of cold air. The eastern half of the country will be mostly sunny, as temperatures moderate considerably into the 40s/50s in the North and 60s/70s in the South.

Thanksgiving Day will bring rain in eastern Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley. A new storm will affet the Pacific Northwest bringing rain and mountain snow. The Midwest and Northeast will be dry and mild, with partly sunny skies. The West will be fair and seasonably mild.

Travel conditions will deteriorate on Friday over the mid-Mississippi Valley and Southeast. Showers could reach the Ohio Valley later in the day, as a cold front approaches from the west.

A stronger system will develop in the Southern states next weekend and spread rain northward late Saturday and Sunday across Ohio, as a secondary low moves up the Eastern Seaboard.