A wide range of cloud cover this morning! Some seeing a blanket of clouds…others, a pocket fully of sunshine! We’ll see variably cloudy skies all day…
Southerly winds pull in a much warmer start to the day. Yesterday, I was sharing temperatures as low as freezing. Upper 50s to lower 60s this morning puts us about twnety degrees WARMER than average. Highs will follow a similar trend, touching the lower 70s.
Besides a dry and mild day, expect breezy southwesterly winds, gusting as high as 25 mph at times today. This is all ahead of an approaching system that brings decent shower and storm chances on Saturday. When it comes to severe thunderstorm chances, there are a few factors that still need to be ironed out as time gets closer, like how much sunshine filters in during the day and how much/how long early day showers come into play. More clouds and rain = less likely chance for severe storm development. More sunshine and longer breaks in the rain = a more unstable air mass, fueling the right ingredients for strong to severe thunderstorms. In any case, you’ll want to prepare for either case scenario. Here’s the latest severe weather threat issued by the Storm Prediction Center — areas under the GREEN fall under a ‘Marginal Risk’ (1 out of a 1 to 5 scale for storms to reach severe criteria. The areas under the YELLOW fall under a ‘Slight Risk’ (2 out of a 1 to 5 scale). The better chance for these stronger storms currently remains to our southwest.
Let’s map out timing!
Lingering moisture keeps the chance for scattered showers around on Sunday morning but besides that, it will be a drier and more pleasant finish to the weekend. So, there you go! Not a weekend wash out!
I’ll have updates and storm timing coming up on Channel 4 at noon today. Hope you join me!
-Meteorologist Daphne DeLoren