It will be partly sunny and dry across northeastern Ohio today as high pressure briefly builds overhead.
Clouds will increase again tonight as a secondary cold front moves across the area. A few showers are possible as well. Thursday will be mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of a passing shower.
A much stronger cold front will approach the area Thursday night, and move across northern Ohio on Friday. This front will be accompanied by widespread showers. Temperatures will climb into the upper 40s Friday morning, but then fall Friday afternoon as the front moves through.
Here is the forecast: For today, partly sunny. Highs will be in the mid 50s. Winds SW 10-15 mph.
Tonight, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows will be around 40. Winds W 5-10 mph.
Thursday, mostly cloudy with a chance of a shower during the morning. Highs will be around 50. Winds W 5 mph.
Thursday night, mostly cloudy with lows around 40.
Friday, mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs will reach the upper 40s early, then fall during the afternoon.
Extended Analysis: A deep upper trough will dig across the eastern United States Friday night and Saturday. A cold, well-aligned northwesterly flow is expected to develop Friday night with conditions becoming favorable for lake effect precipitation. Rain showers early Friday night will gradually change over to snow showers across the inland areas, with locations near the lake seeing a mix of rain and snow.
Lake effect snow showers will continue through the day Saturday. Some mixing is still possible near the lake. Some accumulation of snow will be possible, especially across the higher terrain east of Cleveland.
The snow showers will gradually diminish Saturday night and Sunday as the upper trough lifts out.
High pressure will build across the area early next week, and temperatures will quickly moderate.
Here is the extended forecast: Friday night, mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Lows will be around 30.
Saturday, cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 30s.
Saturday night, mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 20s.
Sunday, partly cloudy with a chance of snow showers during the morning. Highs will be in the low to mid 40s.
Sunday night, partly cloudy with lows near 30.
Monday, partly sunny with highs in the low to mid 50s.