Showers, gusty storms, bring down trees and lines in rare May Alberta clipper system


An Alberta clipper moving across Lower Michigan and a trailing cold front were responsible for a line of showers and storms accompanied by strong winds, lightning and small hail. Wind gusts of 40 to 65 mph occurred on the leading edge of some of the stronger cells, knocking down trees and power lines. Pea-sized hail fell with a final band of showers and storms before sunset in the Columbus area from Hilliard to Reynoldsburg.

Light showers will linger overnight as the cold front advances east into early Monday morning, possibly mixing briefly with snowflakes in the northeastern part of the state, as another shot of cold air moves in behind departing low pressure.

High pressure over Kentucky will bring fair skies Tuesday, after an early frost. The temperature will gradually return to seasonal levels later in the week. We will likely see 70 degrees Thursday through Saturday, but the warmth will come with moisture, coupled with periods of rain and storms.

  • Tonight: Spotty light showers, mostly cloudy, blustery, cold. Low 38
  • Monday: Generally cloudy, sprinkle, quite cool. High 48
  • Tuesday: Patchy frost, then partly cloudy, cool. High 56 (36)
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 62 (38)
  • Thursday: Mostly cloudy, showers, storms. High 72 (47)
  • Friday: Showers, storms. High 75 (59)

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