Storm Chances Again Today…Fall Preview Ahead!

Rain, rain, and MORE rain. Some areas just don't need anymore of it! We continue chances for scattered thunderstorms again today with hot and humid conditions. Highs will be near 90 with heat index values near 105 so make sure and drink plenty of water if you will be working outdoors this afternoon. A nice fall preview is in the forecast but first we have to doge more raindrops over the next 48 hours. Details in your latest forecast.

We've got a complex weather pattern across the area that has led to slow moving thunderstorms wreaking havoc with the Dixon area especially with very heavy rainfall. Some places reported over 5 inches in a short period of time which is what created the major flash flooding issues across the city. Here is a look at the Doppler radar estimated rainfall from Thursday morning and some actual reports submitted to the National Weather Service.

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With lots of moisture still in place across the area today we still run the risk of some flash flooding with any thunderstorm that can develop at times. Most of the severe weather looks to hold off to the west for now but we may run the risk of a few stronger storms by early Saturday morning and then perhaps again Saturday afternoon ahead of a cold front.

The big story today will be the heat as much warmer temperatures are expected to combine with the recently saturated soils to produce oppressive levels of humidity. With highs near 90 this afternoon heat index values will easily reach 105. If you plan to be outdoors make sure and take frequent breaks in the shade/AC and drink plenty of water.

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Storm coverage will be on the increase by Friday evening and during the overnight hours as the cold front continues to make progress eastward. Saturday is the wildcard in the forecast as models continue to struggle with handling the timing of the actual frontal passage. Guidance suggests we may have a morning round of strong storms followed by more scattered strong storms during the afternoon if the front can slow down a bit. We'll keep tabs on this over the next 24 hours and update as necessary. The primary threats with storms right now would be heavy rainfall and damaging winds. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out either. Either way, Saturday looks quite wet and cool as well as highs are stuck in the 70s.

Our first taste of fall begins Sunday as the front clears the area sending in a much drier and cooler air mass. Plenty of sunshine will be found with highs in the middle 70s. The stretch of beautiful cool weather will last until at least the first part of next week before we warm slightly and re-introduce shower and thunderstorm chances.

Have a great weekend and we'll see you at #GardenStock16!

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