Weather Alert Day: Strong to severe storms moving in Tuesday

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QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:

  • Tuesday: AM Storms, pm pop-ups, high 73
  • Tonight: Strong to severe storms possible, low 60
  • Wednesday: Early AM showers, some clearing, high 70
  • Thursday: AM showers with front, high 55
  • Friday: Partly cloudy and cool, high 50
  • Saturday: Brisk sunshine, high 55

FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Tuesday!

Today we’re watching a warm front lift into the area not only bringing clouds and warmer temperatures, but early morning thunderstorms. Thunderstorms will fill in from the northwest bringing in not only the threat for thunder and lightning, but pockets of heavy rain and gusty wind.

The chance for some scattered storms will stick around through the day and pick up this evening. Temperatures this afternoon will warm up to the mid 70s. The warmer air is creating more lift and instability which are key ingredients for storms.

When moisture moves back into the area and mixes with this instability, it will create storms tonight ahead of a cold front which will be strong and some will likely reach severe status. While a spin up tornado cannot be ruled out, the main threat with storms will be wind (severe storm wind gusts reaching at least 58 mph) and hail (severe hail means 1 inch in diameter, or about the size of a quarter). Since storms will pick up after midnight and as we head toward sunrise on Wednesday, make sure that you have a way to get alerts about warnings while you are sleeping.

After a cold front moves through on Wednesday morning, showers will start to clear and so will some of the clouds. Temperatures will be on the warm side again and reach a high around 70 degrees.

Another chance for showers moves in Wednesday night. Showers will not be severe, but will be paired with much cooler temperatures.

Highs on Thursday will only reach the mid 50s, which is about 5 degrees below normal.

High pressure moves in for the end of the week and the weekend. This will help to clear the clouds, but temperatures will still be chilly. We’ll reach a high on Friday in the upper 40s before we bounce back to the mid 50s on Saturday and around 60 degrees on Easter Sunday. Along with more seasonal temperatures, rain will make another appearance on Sunday as well.

Have a great day!

-Liz

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