Storm Team 4 Weather Alert Day: Storms and strong winds likely later Thursday

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COLUMBUS QUICK FORECAST

  • Today: Showers, chance of thunderstorms, breezy. High 69
  • Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, windy. Low 50
  • Friday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 58
  • Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: 69 (41)
  • Sunday: AM shower, Partly to mostly sunny. High: 58 (49)
  • Monday: Sunshine, cooler. High 56 (35)

FORECAST DISCUSSION:

It is a Storm Team 4 Weather Alert Day for potentially severe storms today and tonight plus very high winds tonight through tomorrow morning.

A large band of rain with some embedded thunder will track into Central Ohio from the south this afternoon. Rainfall amounts of between a .10 to .25-inches will be possible today with as much as an additional .75-inch rainfall tonight. In the later afternoon showers will become more scattered or isolated and eventually taper off. Afternoon temperatures will still be quite a bit above normal, in the upper 60s.

The next round of showers and thunderstorms will move into the Buckeye State during the evening between 8pm and 10pm. These storms will also come with high winds out of the northeast at 15-25 miles per hour with some isolated gusts as high as 60.

A High Wind Warning has been issued for Central and Western Ohio for 10pm tonight through 10am tomorrow morning.

Damaging winds that can blow down trees and power lines are expected. there could be widespread power outages. Be careful on the roads. Driving in high profile vehicles may be difficult in high winds. If you are outdoors beware of flying objects including tree limbs and branches. In your home stay away from windows because of the possibility of flying objects. The lowest level of your home is the safest. Similar circumstances and precautions should be taken in eastern Ohio where a High Wind WATCH will be in effect through tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking of tomorrow it will still be breezy as skies begin to clear. Winds at about 25-29 will be likely and still gusts near 60 will be possible. Skies will gradually clear and tomorrow’s high will be closer to 60 than 70.

Saturday’s high will be near 70 again with sunny skies and much lighter winds… finally. There will be rain Saturday and early Sunday. Sunday will be cooler with highs in the 50s. Monday will be sunny and 65.

Stay Weather Alert Today!
-Bob

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