Enhanced Risk of Severe Thunderstorms Saturday

A noisy start to our Friday morning with several clusters of showers and thunderstorms working across the area. These storms will be on the decline this morning with dry conditions arriving for the rest of the day. Highs will be a bit cooler but still reaching into the upper 80s this afternoon under partly sunny skies.

Tonight more scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop by the late evening (after 7pm) and move across the area. A marginal risk of severe thunderstorms is currently forecast and the main threats will be hail and strong winds. This threat is expected to remain isolated, similar to last evening.

There is growing concern that a more widespread and significant severe weather event may unfold right in the local area Saturday afternoon and evening. Ingredients, such as a strong jet, a cold front, and adequate shear are coming together that could produce widespread damaging wind producing thunderstorms later on Saturday.

Currently an enhanced risk of severe weather is forecast for the entire area for Saturday afternoon and evening. While all hazards of severe are possible with these storms, the highest threat appears to be centered around the damaging wind potential. You will want to pay close attention to later forecasts as the specifics become clearer.

Beyond Saturday our temperatures cool significantly back into the 70s for Father’s Day and beyond. We will warm back up slightly by the end of next week but so far nothing oppressive compared to what we experienced this week.