Strong/Severe Thunderstorms Possible This Afternoon

Scattered showers and thunderstorms this morning should become more numerous this afternoon with the approach of a cold front. Dry weather is then expected Friday and most of Saturday under high pressure.

A few scattered showers and storms moved through parts of our region this morning with a weak upper-level disturbance. Warm and humid air will settle in over east-central Ohio behind this little bump ahead of a cold front that will bring widespread showers and storms to the area this afternoon.

We’ve been discussing this on the blog here the last couple of days, so no surprises. The Storm Prediction Center has our area under the standard Slight Risk (2/5) for severe thunderstorms today.

If you work outside or have outdoor activities today, you’ll need to remain aware of the weather and for the possibility of a strong thunderstorm. The primary threat is damaging wind gusts but hail is also possible.

Afternoon thunderstorms look to move through fairly quickly but as it has been with storms this year, some of today’s storms could make for some heavy downpours. Street flooding might be an issue with these storms but the threat for widespread flash flooding is pretty low.

A line of thunderstorms will develop in northwest Ohio this afternoon and travel southeast through east-central Ohio becoming stronger as they approach. The best opportunity for a strong/severe thunderstorm here in the Valley will be from around 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. SIMRADAR from the hi-res model through midnight tonight:

Thunderstorms will push southeast and exit the area this evening. Otherwise, today will be another warm and humid day in the Valley with afternoon temperatures around 86° – 88°.

Friday will bring a somewhat cooler and less humid day with afternoon highs around 80° under a mix of sun and clouds.

Mainly dry weather will highlight our weather Saturday and Sunday. A weak system will move through the region Sunday but any showers or storms associated with this should remain south of I-70. High pressure will keep the dry weather going through the first half of next week.

The cooler temperatures on Friday will gradually rebound Saturday and Sunday and by Tuesday will be looking at afternoon highs back near 90°. The humidity will also creep back up through the period.

For weather warnings, I highly recommend the FEMA App. It’s free, non-commercial, and programmable for our area as well as surrounding counties. The FEMA App sends weather alerts to your mobile device directly from the NWS – no middle man, no ads, no delays. It’s available in the App Store or Google Play and the Microsoft Store. I’ve used this app for several years and it has never failed or given me a false alarm. (I do not work for FEMA nor do I have any financial connection to the app developers.)



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