Wednesday Afternoon Update: Reduced severe weather threat due to cloud cover

Posted 1:00 PM 7/22/2020

As I discussed in this morning’s weather update, the amount of cloud cover over the region has had a big impact on our potential for severe thunderstorms later today; The Storm Prediction Center, part of the National Weather Service, has downgraded today’s severe weather threat to “Marginal Risk” (level 1 on a scale of 1 to 5) for severe thunderstorms in our area.

That doesn’t get us completely out of the woods but it does indicate that the threat for any severe storms locally is looking pretty low. An isolated strong thunderstorm with gusty wind is still possible later this evening. Pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall remains a concern.

We will likely get some breaks in the clouds through the afternoon. However, we would need substantial clearing and sunshine to make things unstable enough for severe storms to form. Recent satellite images indicate that cloud cover will continue through the afternoon.

While the threat for a strong storm locally will be highest during the evening, the threat for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms will continue into Thursday for our area.

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