Storms are still expected to develop after 2pm this afternoon and race to the east. One of the reasons for the upgrade is the absence of cloud cover across much of the area early this afternoon allowing a more destabilization to occur than previously forecast.
Original Post: 6:00AM
After a several day stretch of dry and mild weather chances for showers and thunderstorms will be back in our forecast today ahead of an approaching cold front.
Already as of 6am this morning a few isolated to widely scattered showers have developed over the area. We'll likely see a break from this activity by mid-morning with a few areas of sunshine likely into the early afternoon hours.
The front will be moving through this afternoon likely sparking an area of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm or so. Not everyone will see the rainfall as the storms are expected to be scattered in nature.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire area in a marginal risk for an isolated stronger storm or two with the main threats being hail up to 1" in diameter and gusty winds up to 50 mph. We lack some dynamics for a more organized severe threat today so I do believe most storms will remain sub-severe. Storm chances will be highest from about 2pm until 8pm this evening.
Rainfall amounts will likely tally up to around a quarter of an inch as storms will be moving and moisture levels are not extreme.
Highs will be back into the lower 80s this afternoon for many of us.
I'll have your full weekend forecast Friday morning.