Thunderstorms Today…Windy Wednesday

SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING

Our first severe weather threat of the season is upon us as an intensifying area of low pressure begins to move towards the area late this afternoon and this evening. Ahead of this feature our temperatures are expected to be much warmer compared to yesterday as the middle to upper 60s return along with windy conditions.

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We'll have an initial round of showers and thunderstorms move through this morning followed by a break for this afternoon. Some sunshine will be possible which will help temperatures warm and destabilize the atmosphere which will lead to our severe threat for this afternoon/evening.

The SPC has us in the slight risk category with the main threats for this afternoon and evening being large hail, damaging winds, and perhaps an isolated tornado.

Current thinking is storms will begin to develop to the west of the area by late afternoon and then race eastward arriving here during the early evening hours. Make sure and stay weather aware through this time period. Timing is from 4pm until roughly 10pm in terms of the severe threat.

Any leftover thunderstorms will quickly move eastward this evening leaving us with a few showers and plenty of clouds for the overnight hours with lows in the middle 40s.

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Wednesday a HIGH WIND WATCH is in effect beginning at 1AM lasting through much of the day as a very strong pressure gradient will develop sustained winds of 30+ MPH with gusts of 60+ MPH possible at times. Partly cloudy conditions are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

Thursday will feature cooler temperatures and strong winds continuing with a few light showers possible by the afternoon as highs fall back into the 40s.

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