Issued: 11pm on Monday, January 1st 2024
Technical Forecast Discussion
Short-term Forecast (Monday PM 1/1/2024 through Wednesday 1/3/2024):
Skies will begin to clear overnight Monday into Tuesday as high pressure builds in under upper-level ridging. High pressure will dominate the region through Wednesday afternoon as we await the next system. As a result of the subsidence, skies should become and remain partly cloudy. Furthermore, dry conditions are anticipated, with southwesterly winds ranging between 5-10 mph. Afternoon highs through Wednesday will be in the low- to mid-40s, with overnight lows in the mid-20s.
A cold front associated with another low-pressure system will pass through the region Wednesday evening. There is a slight chance for some snow flurries overnight Wednesday into Thursday as a result of this front, but it is not likely due to the lack of moisture and relatively low vorticity in the region.
Long-term Forecast (Thursday 1/4/2024 through Saturday 1/6/2024):
Thursday ridging returns, allowing for mostly sunny skies and a dry afternoon for SE Ohio. Ridging will continue into Friday as well, but cloud cover is anticipated to increase throughout the day with the impending trough. Additionally, dry conditions are expected.
Currently, long-range models are suggesting SE Ohio’s first real snowstorm for this winter season will begin Saturday. However, models currently disagree on the timing. Some suggest snow chances may begin Saturday afternoon or well into the evening hours. Either way, it looks as if SE Ohio will see some substantial snowfall from this system, which may have the potential to reduce visibility and create hazardous conditions on the road. More accurate details will become available in future forecasts as we approach Saturday, so we recommend checking back in the coming days.
Monday night – Wednesday PM: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and dry conditions.
Wednesday night – Thursday morning: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance for snow flurries.
Thursday – Friday: Sunny skies eventually becoming more cloudy into Friday afternoon. No precipitation is expected.
Saturday: Chance for some significant snow, timing is unsure. Check back on Thursday evening for more accurate details!