A Different Looking Weather Pattern- 3pm Update

By: Chris Bailey
By: Chris Bailey

A weak system will skirt our region overnight.

3PM Update

A band of light snow and flurries is working across southern Ohio, Northeastern Ky and western and northern WV. This shouldn't be too big of a deal, but could whiten the ground in a few spots.

Take care.

Previous Update

Good Wednesday everyone and thanks for making us one of your online stops for weather. We are coming off the coldest air of the season, so far, and we're staring at a pattern that looks much different than the one from November and December. That's a good thing for fans of cold and snow.

Speaking of... there is a weak system diving into the region overnight that may touch off some flurries or light snow showers. Central and eastern areas of West Virginia will have the best chance at seeing some of those flakes.

Our short term weather will actually feature a mild up over the next few days. This will cause temps to rebound into the low and mid 30s today under partly cloudy skies. low 40s will rule by late Thursday and we hit the 50s on Friday. That doesn't sound like a different pattern, does it? Well... it is because it won't last very long as colder air moves in for the coming weekend.

I am confident of temps being seasonally cold this weekend. I am not as confident on the precipitation chances. The models are diverging a bit, but the safe route is to call for some Saturday showers and temps in the 40s with some possible flakes Sunday and Monday with temps in the 30s. I will touch more on the weekend forecast later today.

The outlook for the next few weeks continues to point toward an increasingly cold pattern that could unleash the arctic beast into much of the country.

The first really cold shot looks to arrive by the middle of next week. Check out the trough showing up on the GFS Ensembles...

Now... watch how the same ensembles keep the trough in the east, while taking on the classic arctic outbreak look with the polar vortex diving southward through Canada...

That's certainly a cold look and it's one showing up on all the model guidance over the next few weeks. Outside of saying there would be several snow opportunities with a pattern like that... I really can't get very specific about the flakes.

I will have another update later today. Have a great Wednesday and take care.

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