Tuscarawas Valley Weather Update: Saturday showers and thunderstorms

Published 9:58 AM EDT 03/28/2020
Updated 4:03 PM EDT 03/28/2020 - SPC Day 1 Outlook Graphic

A warm front will slowly inch northward through Ohio today pushing temperatures to around 70° this afternoon. The boundary will also be the focus of showers and thunderstorms today – mainly this afternoon.

Showers and storms off to our west this morning will track eastward. Fortunately, the atmosphere will remain capped south of the front and most of today’s activity will set up north of the Valley. That’s not to say we can’t have any strong storms here but odds will favor them setting up in northern parts of the state. The better chances for a strong thunderstorm locally will arrive tonight as the front to our north reverses course and dives south.

Showers and storms will quickly push through east-central Ohio by Sunday morning allowing things to dry out and even some sunshine to return Sunday afternoon. The focus will then turn to strong gusty winds that will blow through Sunday afternoon. Wind advisories may be issued for Sunday.

That being said, the Storm Prediction Center has our area highlighted for a Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms today. High winds and hail are the main concerns. There is also a very small (2%) tornado risk which means that an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.

SPC UPDATED SEVErE OUTLOOK as of 4:00 PM EDT.

The best advice I can give you today is to remain aware of the weather and have a way to receive warnings. Storms today will be difficult to predict with certainty depending mostly on where our frontal boundary happens to be at any one time.

REMEMBER: There is NO SAFE PLACE OUTDOORS when lightning is around. If you can hear thunder you can be struck by lightning.

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