Ah Columbus, my old friend in the heart of Ohio. How we missed you.
At 1251, PM, ET, Columbus was reporting light snow, cloudy skies and a temperature of 19 degrees. With high pressure stretching from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas, the flurry activity was fairly unusual and confined almost entirely to the Columbus area. The explanation was steering winds above the surface, continuing to introduce moisture from the lakes into Columbus.
A deep mid-level system over eastern Canada will continue to generate instability over the eastern US, despite a mostly laminar jet. Lower level vertical velocities will help develop a surface low at the southernmost reach of the mid level system. This lower level system will scoot off to the south of Ohio and bring the chance for a stray flurry tomorrow, but a more stable batch of high pressure will take over on Friday, leading to sunnier skies. The nature of the low passing through tomorrow suggests that post frontal temperatures will be much more manageable than those seen earlier this week.
Tomorrow – Chance of snow, 1-2″ possible, High 26, Low 15
Friday – Sunny, High 29, Low 17
TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered snow showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon High 31, Low 16
Friday – Cloudy. High 30, Low 21
AW: Tomorrow – A bit of snow in the morning; otherwise, cloudy and cold High 28, Low 18
Friday – Chilly with intervals of clouds and sunshine High 29, Low 18
NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of snow. Cloudy High 28, Low 16
Friday – Partly sunny, High 28, Low 18
WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow High 28, Low 16
Friday – Mostly cloudy, High 28, Low 17
The radar for Columbus is actually down in Wilmington, Ohio, and it’s having a tough time picking up those flurries in Columbus.