Isolated strong to severe storms possible Saturday

Rain this morning associated with a warm front lifting north through east-central Ohio this morning. These should exit northeast later this morning. Clouds and possibly some occasional peeks of sun will bring a warm and muggy afternoon to the Valley.

Later in the afternoon a cold front will approach and cross the region. We can expect numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms with this feature. With just enough instability and upper-level shear, a few storms later today could become strong and a few isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible.

The Storm Prediction Center has all of east-central Ohio highlighted for a Marginal Risk of severe storms today.

Primary threats will come from damaging wind gusts but hail is also something we’ll have to watch out for. Storms today could also produce periods of heavy rainfall but they will be fast-movers so the risk of flooding is minimal.

Showers and thunderstorm chances will continue into at least part of the night. Thunderstorm coverage will diminish with the weakening instability after sunset.

Hi-res futurecast radar through 2:00 AM Sunday:

Other than the chance of a morning shower, Sunday looks mostly dry as high pressure builds briefly across the Great Lakes region.

Temperatures today should peak in the upper 70s this afternoon in the Valley. We’ll end up with a little more sunshine with afternoon highs in the upper 70s again on Sunday.

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