A cold westerly flow of air will produce lake effect snows across the northern snow belt areas today, impacting mainly Lake, Ashtabula, and northern Geauga counties. Several inches of snow could accumulate in the most persistent bands.
Another cold front will front the area tonight, and this will cause the winds to shift to the west-northwest. This will cause the snow bands to shift southward into the heart of the primary snow belt east of Cleveland. Additional accumulation is likely in these areas.
The snow showers will continue across the snow belt areas on Friday with a west-northwest flow.
Outside of the lake effect bands, only scattered snow showers or flurries are expected with little or no accumulation today through Friday.
High pressure will build across the area Friday night, and this should cut off the lake effect snows.
On Saturday, a warm front will lift northward toward the area. We will see milder temperatures along with a chance of rain during the afternoon. If the moisture moves in quickly enough, we could see a little freezing rain. Temperatures on Saturday will finally warm to above freezing with most locations topping out near 40.
Here is the forecast: For today, mostly cloudy with snow across the far northeast, and a chance of snow showers elsewhere. Highs will be in the mid 20s. Winds W 10-20 mph.
Tonight, mostly cloudy with snow likely across the snow belt, and a chance of snow showers elsewhere. Lows will be in the mid teens. Winds W 10-20 mph.
Friday, mostly cloudy with snow showers likely. Highs will be in the mid 20s. Winds W 10-20 mph.
Friday night, mostly cloudy. Lows will be around 10.
Saturday, cloudy with a chance of rain during the afternoon. Precipitation could start as freezing rain. Highs will be near 40.
Extended Analysis: A warm front will lift north of the area Saturday night. Rain is likely through much of the night, gradually tapering to shower toward daybreak Sunday.
Low pressure will deepen and track northward through the lower Ohio Valley and into the Great Lakes Sunday. Showers are likely during the morning, with steadier and heavier rain arriving later in the day. High temperatures Sunday will climb into the 50s.
Rain is likely through Sunday evening, then tapering to scattered showers later Sunday night as the system pulls north of the area. It will be mild with a strong southerly flow in place.
A strong cold front will move across the area Monday. We will see scattered rain showers with temperatures climbing into the 50s. Much colder air will spread back across the area Monday night and Tuesday with rain showers changing to snow showers.
Here is the extended forecast: Saturday night, cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be in the mid 30s.
Sunday, cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be in the low 50s.
Sunday night, cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be in the mid 40s.
Monday, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50s.
Monday night, cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 30s.
Tuesday, mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 40.