We arrived in Lodi, OH, late last night. The ride from Newark, DE, was cold and partly cloudy, but otherwise uneventful.
We unloaded the car, and within a few minutes of moving our luggage inside, a quick dusting of snow fell. I had finished unpacking and ran out to the car for one more thing, only to find that there was a layer of snow on the ground!
By lunchtime today, the snow had melted or blown away. Today has been cold, breezy and clear.
Most of the country is under the influence of a strong high pressure system, and Ohio is no exception. However, even under high pressure, you can have precipitation. Over the next few days, most of northeastern Ohio is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning, as winds are blowing across Lake Erie onto the eastern shore (the northeastern part of Ohio, including Cleveland). You can see the direction of the surface winds on the NAM Surface Chart. This pattern will continue for several days.
The Storm Prediction Center Critical Thickness Chart on the Mesoscale Analysis page shows that all of the major critical thickness contours have pushed deep into the south. This increases the likelihood that falling precipitation in Ohio will be snow.
We will be traveling to Cleveland off and on over the next several days and will have to keep tabs on the snow.
I will probably go for a walk outside here in a bit. Bundled up, it isn’t too cold to be outdoors.
Thank you for reading my post.
Critical Thickness Chart: Storm Prediction Center
Weather Watches/Warnings: Weather.gov
NAM Charts: Unisys