Friday Update: Severe Thunderstorms Possible Today

A storm system that brought blizzard conditions to the upper farm belt yesterday will cross the Great Lakes region today. A cold front associated with this system will bring gusty wind today as well as showers and thunderstorms to the Valley this afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of east-central Ohio under a Slight Risk (2/5) for severe thunderstorms. Today’s storms will have the potential to pull down wind gusts of 55 mph or higher. The threat for tornadoes is low but not zero. ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.

While a spotty shower will be possible through the morning just about anywhere in the Valley, the main line of thunderstorms will move through this afternoon. Simulated radar from the hi-res model for today:

The line of thunderstorms will push through quickly with the threat for severe thunderstorms diminishing early this evening.

Remain weather aware today and be sure you have a way to receive warnings. Outdoor tornado sirens are NOT a reliable warning method.

Saturday will be a nice sunny spring day. The threat for severe thunderstorms will return again with another cold front late in the day on Sunday. The severe potential will depend on how much sun we manage to get Sunday afternoon. The highest risk for severe storms will be south of I-70 but this outlook is likely to change over the weekend. Again, damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat.




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