Severe threat continues with more thunderstorms Wednesday

Tonight features scattered showers and thunderstorms with a shortwave trough crossing through during the afternoon. Thunderstorms will once again pose the risk of producing locally heavy rainfall. A couple of storms could become strong to severe, with a good bit of ‘fuel’ in place for storms to utilize and plenty of wind energy in place. Temperatures will fall back into the low 60s for overnight lows. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of our region under a level one risk for severe weather, with a level two risk for our extreme western spots. In addition, the Weather Prediction Center has placed most of our region under a level one risk for flooding with plenty of moisture in the atmosphere for storms to become efficient in rainfall production. By dawn, shower chances will have subsided, with patchy fog possible.

Wednesday features our best chance for severe weather for our region this week, as a strong shortwave moves into the region, however, we’ll begin the first half of the day on a pretty quiet note – most of us will likely be completely dry through the mid-afternoon. By the evening, scattered showers and thunderstorms – some of which will be strong to severe – are expected. The best chance for severe weather will be between dusk and midnight Wednesday night into early Thursday and the best chance for severe weather will be in our western counties, with the Storm Prediction Center placing most of our region under a level two out of five risk for severe weather. High temperatures will reach the low 80s.

Storms will be capable of damaging wind gusts, large hail and an isolated tornado once again. The Weather Prediction Center once again places our region under a level one risk for flooding, as storms will be working in an efficient environment and capable of dropping heavy rainfall.

Thursday continues chances for scattered showers and storms with a cold front moving through. Rain and thunderstorms once again expected, with the chance for strong to severe thunderstorms being possible. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat. The best chance for severe weather for Thursday’s setup will be in our eastern counties, where a little less rain shower activity is expected during the morning hours. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region under a level one risk for severe weather as a result of this threat.  The front will cross during the evening hours, with much cooler weather expected for Friday.

Thursday is a sneaky severe weather setup to watch out for – if we see breaks in clouds during the late morning into the early afternoon, that could spell trouble later in the day – we’ll watch that trend closely. Highs will be in the low to mid 70s Thursday. The Weather Prediction Center once again has placed our region in a level one risk for flooding due to the potential for heavy rain on already scattered saturated soaked grounds.

Friday features lingering showers with a northwest flow setting up behind a cold front and a trough kicking in behind our low pressure system. Mostly cloudy conditions, with periods of light showers and drizzle will hold high temperatures down into the upper 50s to around 60 in what looks to be a dreary day.

Saturday finally features a drier day on the way, with sunshine expected for most of the day. Late in the afternoon, an approaching weak cold front with an associated low pressure system across the Great Lakes will try to squeak a few scattered showers  into the region toward dinnertime, but these showers will be scattered at best.. We’ll see high temperatures remain a bit cool for this time of year in the low 60s.

Mother’s Day sees our cold front cross, with a few morning isolated sprinkles followed by sunshine returning for the afternoon. It’s not a bad forecast for mom’s day, with high temperatures in the mid 60s.

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Monday brings even more sunshine into the forecast, with high pressure setting in to our west and then south. That will keep a cooler westerly breeze ongoing but will mean plenty of sunshine, with high temperatures near 70.

Tuesday continues to see the effects of high pressure, as it heads east. That will allow a return flow to set in, which means a warmer, southerly breeze returns. As a result, temperatures will rebound, with highs jumping back up into the mid 70s.

Looking ahead in your extended forecast, temperatures will be rebounding back to around normal for this time of year and we will finally see a bit of a drier pattern emerge, with high pressure holding firmly midweek. Expect plenty of sunshine Wednesday and Thursday, with the risk for isolated showers returning on Friday. High temperatures Wednesday will be in the mid 70s, with mid to upper 70s expected Thursday into Friday.

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Scattered showers and storms. Some storms could produce heavy rainfall. Lows in the low 60s.
Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs in the low 80s.
Severe weather threat continues, with gusty showers and storms. Highs in the low to mid 70s.
Mostly cloudy with light showers/drizzle. Cool! Highs near 60.
Partly sunny, isolated shower late. Highs in the low 60s.
AM sprinkles. PM sunshine. Highs in the mid 60s.
Mostly sunny. Highs near 70.
Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.
Partly sunny. Highs in the 70s.
Partly sunny. Highs in the 70s.
Isolated showers. Highs in the 70s.

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