WATCH: Weekend outlook includes a chance to see the Northern Lights


Spotty snow showers and flurries continue through the evening and taper off overnight into Saturday morning. The trend will be for some clearing of the clouds with broken clouds likely toward daybreak. The weekend gets off to a chilly start with overnight lows dropping back toward the mid-20s. Breezy conditions will continue, causing wind chills to drop into the teens through the night and continuing Saturday morning.

Saturday begins with plenty of clouds but skies will become mostly sunny into the afternoon. It stays a little on the cool side with highs around 40° Saturday afternoon. Wind won’t be as gusty as the Valley experienced Friday, however, enough of a breeze will be present to keep wind chills in the upper 20s to lower 30s through the day.

We will have a mainly clear Saturday night. The clear skies will aid temperatures in dropping back to the mid to upper 20s.

A G2 Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch has been issued by the Space Weather Prediction Center for Saturday. This means that conditions favor the development of the Aurora Borealis, or “Northern Lights,” Saturday night. Visibility of the Northern Lights is possible as far south as the Great Lakes region, including here in the Valley. Skies will be clear Saturday night, providing optimum viewing conditions. While there isn’t a guarantee they will be visible in our area or will occur this far south, it is possible. If you go out to look for them, you will maximize your chances by going to a remote area with very little light in the vicinity.

Sunday will be warmer and is shaping up to be a decent day. Expect sunny skies in the morning with increasing clouds for the afternoon. Skies turn overcast toward late-afternoon with highs warming to the lower 50s. Clouds continue to stream into the region Sunday night as the next storm system approaches. An isolated late evening sprinkle is possible. Scattered showers become increasingly more likely overnight Sunday into Monday morning.

We are looking at cloudy skies and cooler temperatures Monday. Showers are expected in the morning and the rain will mix with or change to snow into the afternoon and evening. A coating of snow will be possible through the day. Highs are expected to be near 40° and fall through the afternoon as colder air infiltrates the Valley from the north. The surge of colder air will increase the chance for some of the snow to stick to the ground, especially north of Youngstown.

The storm system pulls away through the evening and high pressure begins moving into the area. Clouds will clear out through Monday night with chilly temperatures likely. Lows are expected to drop to the lower 20s by daybreak Tuesday.

Tuesday is looking like a beautiful day. It begins with chilly temperatures. Morning lows will be in the lower 20s. High pressure clears out the clouds with mainly sunny skies for the Valley through the day. Temperatures will be in the lower to mid-40s for highs.

Temperatures drop back toward the 20s again Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Wednesday is also looking like a great day and it will be warmer. Skies are looking mostly sunny with highs reaching the lower 50s. The warming trend continues next Thursday with highs expected to reach the lower 60s. A partly sunny sky is expected Thursday.

The chance for rain returns for the end of next week. Friday is looking mostly cloudy with a chance for some showers or sprinkles. On the plus side, it is still looking mild. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

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