Forecasters predicted unseasonably warm weather with near record high temperatures in the mid to high 60s today and Tuesday.
The nice weather gives area residents a chance to take care of any outdoor projects put off when the cold came in late December. Others, such as the pair in the picture accompanying this story, used the nice conditions for recreational activities such as fishing.
High temperature records fell throughout Ohio today as a wave of warmth from the Gulf of Mexico had people around the state putting aside the sweaters, coats and gloves they needed during a stretch of bitter cold weather last week.
By noon, Youngstown had reached 59 degrees, surpassing the city’s old Jan. 7 record of 52, set in 1946.
The temperature in Columbus reached 67 Monday afternoon, three degrees above its previous high for the date.
In Toledo, a 101-year-old record of 61 degrees was broken, as the mercury had climbed to 63 by noon.
Some University of Toledo students strolled to class in T-shirts, flip-flops and shorts, though not Yawnnique White, who clung to her coat.
“This is college for you,” she said. “They get warm, and people take all their clothes off, I guess.”
Temperatures were running 20 to 30 degrees higher than normal throughout the state.
The National Weather Service warned that the warmth could pose problems elsewhere in northwest Ohio, where flood warnings and watches were posted for a few counties that received several inches of snow last week. The weather service said melting snow would combine with heavy rain on Tuesday to cause minor flooding along rivers, including the Tiffin and the St. Joseph.
A cold front expected to move through the state later this week should bring more seasonable temperatures, said Myron Padgett, a weather meteorologist in Wilmington.
Ohio typically sees a warm spell at least once each winter when the jet stream pushes up warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, Padgett said.
Temperatures will dip to more normal levels by week’s end, with highs in the 30s and 40s and lows in the lower 20s. To see the extended forecast for Norwalk, click on “Live, local weather” at the top of the home page for information generated from the weather station atop the Norwalk Reflector building.