A strong upper level trough is currently digging into the Great Lakes. This system will produce widespread clouds and lake effect/enhanced showers in the Akron area today, especially this afternoon. It will be breezy and chilly with highs today in the mid 50’s.
As the trough settles across the eastern lakes tonight, additional energy will dive southeastward through the Great Lakes. This will help to amplify the trough and develop a rather strong surface low over the Mid Atlantic states tonight and Saturday.
Lake effect/enhanced showers will transition to a steadier, heavier rain tonight and Saturday as the system over the Mid Atlantic states deepens. Cold air pouring southward across Lake Erie will help to add some lake enhancement to the rainfall across the Akron area. This has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for much of northeastern Ohio , including Akron, through Saturday morning. (You can view the latest advisories on the Cleveland NWS website.)
Temperatures tonight and Saturday, both at the surface and aloft, may become just cold enough to allow for a little wet snow or sleet to mix in with the rain at times, especially across the higher terrain north and east of Akron. Lows tonight are forecast to drop to around 40 degrees with highs on Saturday in the mid to upper 40’s.
The storm over the Mid Atlantic will be slow to move out with clouds and showers expected to last into Sunday. Drier weather and improving conditions are expected by early next week.
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