Thursday Weather: Gusty wind and strong/severe storms possible

Thursday will bring active weather to east-central Ohio with showers and thunderstorms developing mainly this afternoon and evening.

The atmosphere will destabilize this afternoon as warm moist air continues to pump into the region and several upper level disturbances ripple through. Thunderstorms that develop this afternoon will have a moderate amount of energy available and a few could be strong to severe.

The Storm Prediction Center has portions of the area highlighted in the Slight Risk category for today.

Damaging wind gusts will be the main threat. The threat for hail and tornadoes is low – but not zero.

TIMING
Futurecast radar from the hi-res model indicates that strongest thunderstorms will roll through the area from around 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM:

Expect southwest winds to ramp up late this morning and continue into the afternoon. Gusts outside of any storms may gust 25 to 35 mph at times.

Temperatures will remain warm across the Valley today with afternoon highs around 80 degrees.

TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY
A more defined line of showers and thunderstorms will develop ahead of a cold front Friday morning and continue into the afternoon. Again, strong to severe thunderstorms are likely ahead and along the frontal boundary. The primary threat tomorrow will be damaging wind gusts.

Models show a line of hefty thunderstorms will be possible late in the afternoon/early evening time period.

We will continue to monitor future model trends regarding tomorrow’s severe threat but it does look likely we’ll be dealing with another day of strong weather.

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