(WKBN) – A strong cold front will sweep through the region tonight, pushing showers and storms across Ohio and Pennsylvania.
What to expect from the cold front
This storm system will bring rain to the Valley as a cold front approaches our region. There will be a chance for a few rumbles of thunder at times. The first cluster of rain approaches shortly after sunset Wednesday evening. Additional rounds of downpours or isolated thunderstorms will continue through the night. The cold front will be clearing the area Thursday morning, keeping the risk for early morning downpours or isolated storms high as people commute to work or school.
Is severe weather possible with this system?
There is a risk of severe storms with this storm system. The highest risk in the region will be across central and southern Ohio, but the risk is not zero for our location overnight.
Strong winds in the atmosphere above, just a few thousand feet above the ground, arrive Wednesday evening. The strong upper level winds continue overnight. This could lead to a few gusty showers or a stray gusty storm.
The chance for heavy rain and gusty wind will increase through the late evening and into the early morning as this storm pushes through.
The cold front will not move into eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania until the early morning hours Thursday. Timing for the front passage looks to be from around 4 to 8 a.m., from west to east locally. Until that clears the area, a gusty shower can’t be ruled out.
Cooler air will slide in behind the front Thursday. Another trough of cool air swings through the region behind the morning cold front, keeping the risk for scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm in the forecast into Thursday afternoon and early evening.
Heavy rain is possible with this storm system
The risk for heavy rain will increase tonight with thunderstorms. Pockets of moderate to heavy rain are especially likely with any thunderstorms, but can occur across the entire area outside of storms. If your location is in the path of training downpours or storms, you can experience a higher amount of rainfall.
Rainfall should add up to at least half of an inch in most locations. Areas seeing repeated downpours or any storms could pick up closer to an inch or more of rain.
What moves in behind the cold front?
Cooler air settles in the region to end the workweek Friday. Another weak storm system will try to throw showers in our direction Saturday afternoon and evening, continuing into Saturday night. Temperatures will briefly warm back into the 60s Saturday afternoon. That brief rise in temperatures doesn’t last with more cooler air pouring in behind Saturday’s cold front.
Though cooler, Sunday will be a nice day. Another cold front on Monday will bring rain showers and a chance to see our first snowflakes of the season Monday night and Tuesday.