COLUMBUS (WCMH) — We were all ready for warm weather after one of the coldest and snowiest Aprils on record, averaging 5.4 degrees below normal in Columbus.
May has turned things around dramatically, running 8 degrees warmer than normal so far. During the first 11 days of the month, the thermometer reached 80 or higher on all but three days.
But this weekend, a boundary is expected to stall over the northern half of Ohio, which will be the focus of several rounds of showers and storms. Little will change in the upcoming week, giving us numerous chances for pop up showers and storms through the extended forecast.
The great threat of strong storms this weekend will come late Saturday afternoon and evening across northern Ohio, and possibly again on Sunday a little farther south.
Several ripples of low pressure will trigger rounds of storms beginning Saturday afternoon, and a few could be strong to severe, with high winds and large hail, depending on how much instability develops during the heat of the day.
You can track the storms as they develop by visiting our live VIPIR radar page.
As a warm front settles cross the region there will be a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight. Temperatures will only drop into the low 60s.
Expect a similar day compared ot Saturday on Sunday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms again off and on Mother’s Day. There will be a marginal risk of severe storms then. Highs will be around 80.
The pattern appears largely unchanged next week, with little movement in the wavering front, close enough to bring periods of storms nearly every day. Expect afternoon and evening pop up showers and storms through Wednesday, with pattern settling down a bit for the end of the work week.
Temperatures are expected to stay in the summer-like 80s to begin next week.