Severe Thunderstorms Possible Thursday

Posted Wednesday PM, July 28, 2021

A storm complex is expected to move through Wisconsin and travel southeast overnight tonight. Although the system is forecast to weaken as it approaches east-central Ohio, showers and thunderstorms will be possible locally Thursday morning.

SIMULATED RADAR from the NAM3k model at 8:00 AM Thursday morning.

Lingering cloud cover from the early morning system may delay additional storminess in advance of an approaching cold front. How quickly the atmosphere can recover from the morning activity will play a big role in any storms that develop in the afternoon.

Any clearing that will allow for substantial sunshine will increase instability and increase the potential for severe thunderstorms in our region during the afternoon/evening. Storms that do develop will bring the potential for damaging wind gusts but hail and isolated tornadoes will also be possible.

The Storm Predicting Center has placed ALL of east-central Ohio under a Slight Risk (Level 2 on a scale of 1-5) for severe thunderstorms – mainly during the afternoon and evening.

In addition to the potential for severe thunderstorms, storms will be efficient rain producers. Heavy rainfall could pose a concern for localized flooding.

High pressure will build over the region behind the front on Friday. Friday and Saturday will feature sunshine, cooler temperatures, and lower humidity.

Again, the potential for severe weather in our area will depend on how the storm complex upstream evolves tonight and how/IF it primes the atmosphere locally tomorrow.

Be safe (AND aware) out there friends.



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