Warm finish to September could end with gusty storms in transition to fall

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Expect some gusty storms Monday afternoon, with a small risk of damaging winds ahead of a strong cold front, so we will note tomorrow as a Storm Team 4 Weather Alert Day. The main threat Monday will be approximately between 2 and 5 p.m., just ahead of the big drop in temperature and an accompanying low-pressure wave.

We enjoyed a beautiful late summer weekend, with a mix of clouds and sun clearing later in the day. Southwesterly winds behind high pressure over the southern Appalachians and low pressure over northern Michigan provided above-normal warmth for the first weekend of fall.

A cold front moving across northern Indiana into northwest Ohio will provide the lift for showers and storms Monday afternoon and evening, bringing an abrupt end to the late summer pattern. Temperatures will peak just after midday in the upper 70s, then tumble into the low 60s by evening as the rain tapers off.

A series of upper-level disturbances will bring a succession of cold fronts through Ohio, lowering temperatures into the mid-60s for daytime highs, along with crisp nights. A stronger surge of chilly air at the end of week will bring frost in many areas next weekend.

Forecast

Tonight: Clouds increase, breezy and mild. Low 62
Monday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, showers, storms p.m. High 78
Tuesday: Gradual clearing, cooler. High 67 (53)
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, breezy. High 67 (49)
Thursday: Partly cloudy, crisp. High 63 (45)
Friday: Mostly cloudy, cool, showers. High 57 (41) Saturday: Partly cloudy, quite cool. High 55 (35)

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