Despite sporadic warm days, Ohio has been a bit on the chilly side this month. Through the first seventeen days of April, only Ashtabula and far northern Trumbull counties are running 1-2°F above average. The remainder of the state is running at or below average, up to 4°F below average in the far southwestern counties. Overall, precipitation has been a bit on the lighter side, with much of Ohio running 50-90% of normal. However, most locations have received precipitation on 12-15 of the first 18 days of April. This has prevented the surface from drying out. For the latest up-to-date conditions, seasonal outlooks, and monthly climate summaries, please visit the State Climate Office of Ohio.
The remnants of Monday’s storm will linger on Tuesday morning, with a few scattered rain and/or snow showers around. Highs will remain below average in the 40s. High pressure will ensure a decent day on Wednesday with highs in the 50s after a frosty start. A weak cold front will drop across the state on Wednesday night and Thursday with another round of rain showers possible and highs in the mid 50s to low 60s. This front will lift back to the north on Friday as a warm front, with a few showers possible, gusty southerly winds, and setting the stage for highs to push well into 70s and low 80s this weekend. Rain showers cannot be ruled out Sunday afternoon, before the next cold front pushes steadier rain back into the region on Monday. The Weather Prediction Center is forecasting 0.25-1.50” of precipitation over the next 7 days (Fig. 2).
The Climate Prediction Center’s 6–10-day outlook for the period of April 24 – 28, 2022 and the 16-Day Rainfall Outlook from NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center indicate above average temperatures with near average to leaning above average precipitation (Fig. 3). Climate averages for this period include a high temperature range of 62-67°F, a low temperature range of 41-45°F, and average weekly total precipitation of 0.85-1.15 inches.