Cold this week then warmer for later April

A switch to a colder pattern for at least a week before milder air returns later April into May. Widespread freeze conditions are expected this week. Rainfall will generally remain at or above above into May but there will be opportunities for plant this late April and May unlike last year.

Temperatures will average up to 10 degrees below normal for the week of April 13-20. Expect highs in the 40s and 50s and lows in the 20s and 30s this week which is well below the normals by about 10 degrees on average. Temperatures will return to near average the week of April 21-28 then above normal the the end of April and start of May.

Excessive rain is not expected the next 2+ weeks but frequent lighter rain is. Rainfall systems will continue in the light to sometimes moderate category for the rest of April. They will be frequent enough to amount to 1.5 to 3 inches for the rest of April. Normal is 1.75 to 2 inches in most areas. This means generally near normal to a little above normal rain is in tap. Some wet snow will likely get mixed in with the rain this week from time to time but amounts will be mostly light if any accumulation occurs and northern areas are favored. Please monitor later forecasts as the week progresses.

As discussed last week, we are expected widespread frost and freeze conditions this week over much of Ohio. A few mornings of hard freeze of 28 or less is expected this week. It appears conditions will relax after this week but some frosts are still likely but hard freeze probabilities will be dropping starting this weekend.

Soil temperatures have been mainly bouncing in the 40s north to 50s south the last week or so. Temperatures with the milder weekend rose but with the cold week ahead, soil temperatures will likely be below 50 across much of the state for parts of this week.

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