Good morning. We’ve had several dry days, along with very pleasant days as little moisture has been present. That will start to change starting today and tomorrow, though our dewpoints won’t skyrocket into any excessive heat standards. A little bit more moisture will enter our area today allowing for a possible isolated shower for this afternoon. However, many will remain dry this afternoon.
Our attention will turn towards Thursday’s forecast as a chance for severe weather is in the mix. Late day storms are expected to develop in Iowa early and move into Illinois by the late afternoon hours. As of now the triple point of the Low will remain far to our north which will leave a better chance for tornadoes and larger hail in that area. However, we will still get a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms in our area as the cold front boundary moves inward. Primary risks will be damaging winds. Small hail up to quarter size won’t be ruled out in some of the stronger updrafts, but will be limited in coverage. Heavy rainfall over a long period of time is not expected, as this will be a quick in and out system. Currently thinking the timing of these storms will favor after 3PM and end by 8PM, however extending it from 2PM to 9PM is ideal at this time as placement of this cold front is still to be determined.
After our Thursday activity, we’ll see a big drop in our temperatures from 80 degrees to the upper 60s for Friday. We’ll remain cloudy for much of Friday with some sunshine peaking through in the midday. If you’re wanting to make plans for the weekend, Saturday will be the day to do it. A pleasant 78 degrees with mostly sunshine is in the forecast for Saturday. Sunday will return with rain chances.