CLEVELAND — We didn’t ask for this. We don’t deserve this, but March-like weather is on tap for the next few days. Welcome to Northeast Ohio in May, when you can expect cold weather, some snowflakes and rain.
Rain will mix with snow farther north with mainly rain expected this afternoon farther south. Lake effect snow will develop late Friday and Saturday morning with slushy accumulation possible, mainly east of Cleveland by Saturday morning. Most spots will likely pick up less than an inch of accumulation with ground temps still fairly warm and temps quickly going above freezing.
There could be some bursts of heavier snow Saturday morning as lake effect gets going and chilly temps dive into the 20s and 30s in some places. Accumulations should be minor, with mainly an inch or less expected around the snow belt. Temps should warm to mid-upper 40s by Saturday night.
A Freeze Warning has been issued for the entire area of Northeast Ohio. The following counties under the warning include Sandusky, Lorain, Lake, Huron, Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Stark, Medina, Holmes, Ashtabula, Erie, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties.
The warning remains in effect from 11 p.m. Friday night to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 degrees are expected. These conditions will produce frost which can kill crops and sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Those who have plants should protect them from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
Not all bad news
There is some good news on the horizon. Although we see flakes Friday and Saturday, temperatures should rebound above average. Come next week, temperatures will be in the 60s.
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