Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Low pressure moves across the state today, along a line from Effingham, IL to Decatur, IN. This will bring significant rains to all areas through the day today, but will keep us fully in the “warm sector” with south flow. That means we have no concern about snow, and only look for rain. Some of the rain totals over the next 24 hours will be rather impressive. Rains are already underway this morning in SW Ohio, and by midday a majority of the state will see some amount of moisture. Rains continue this afternoon and overnight, and will finally be done in all areas by sunrise tomorrow morning. We see action in western and central Ohio ending sooner than that, perhaps by midnight, but it takes the front a bit longer to clear eastern Ohio. Rain totals are expected to end up between .5” and 1.5” with 100% coverage statewide. New Years eve festivities will require the umbrella. The map at right shows precipitation through tomorrow morning. We turn drier starting tomorrow, but much colder air is also on the way to start off 2019. We will still have a mild feel to start the day, but temps turn colder through the day. Clouds give way to sunshine. We stay partly sunny for Wednesday and Thursday, although clouds will be on the increase through Thursday. Temps slowly move higher Thursday as well. Our next round of precipitation moves in over night Thursday night. We expect mostly rain again, as temps will be generally in the upper 30s and low 40s for the duration of the event. Rain pushes into SW Ohio near midnight Thursday night, and then action continues through Friday. The heaviest rains will be done by mid morning Friday, but we see lingering hit and miss action through Friday afternoon and evening. WE should finally be done with all precipitation by early Saturday morning. Colder air is on the way for the weekend. The weekend looks good. We anticipate sunshine to be in full control, and dry weather holds through Sunday night. Clouds will increase Monday midday and afternoon and we might even see a few hit and miss showers Monday afternoon and evening. Better organized rain shows up Tuesday and continues into Wednesday the 9th. Temps climb again and will be high enough to allow for all liquid. We expect .25”-.75” rain totals with coverage at 90%. The extended period starts of dry, with no new precipitation and plenty of sunshine for late the 9th through the 12th. This period will see mostly normal temps, which will be chilly, but no dramatic cold snap. A strong low works out of the central plains toward the end that window and brings rain for the 13th and 14th. The system looks very moisture laden at this time, and has the potential to bring up to 1.5” to 100% of the state. Cold air looks impressive behind the system, and likely allow for backside snow on the 16th. So, well above normal precipitation is on the way for the start of 2019, and nearly all of it comes as rain. We should see plenty of water sitting around the state and have excessively moist soil profiles.