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Evening Update: Severe Storms Possible Overnight

Today was mostly cloudy, warm, and humid. Temperatures topped out in the mid-70s, and with dew points in the mid-60s, it felt quite muggy out there. There has been a south wind at 10-15 mph with some gusts up to 30 mph. This is all setting the stage for a round of strong to severe thunderstorms later tonight.

The Storm Prediction Center has the area under a ‘Slight’ risk for severe thunderstorms tonight (courtesy of spc.noaa.gov).

Tonight:

There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the evening, some of which may be strong. The main severe storm threat comes after midnight, from about 1-3 a.m. when a line of thunderstorms associated with a cold front may push through the region. The primary threats with these storms will be damaging winds, torrential downpours, and frequent lightning. There is a slight risk for an isolated tornado and some large hail. Showers should wrap up by daybreak as temperatures bottom out in the mid-50s. A south wind will shift to the west at 10-15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph possible. The chance of rain is 90%.

This is what the future radar may look like around 1 am tonight according to the NAM-3km model. Image courtesy of tropicaltidbits.com.

Tomorrow (Monday):

Skies will clear throughout the day, but it will remain rather cool compared to recent days. Highs will only reach near 60 degrees, and there will be a northwest wind at 20-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph possible. There’s about a 20% chance for an afternoon rain shower.

Tomorrow Night:

Temperatures will bottom out around 45 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds will subside out of the northwest from 15-20 mph in the evening to 5-10 mph by daybreak.

A Look Ahead:

Tuesday through Thursday will be quite nice with a warming trend from the mid to upper 60s on Tuesday to the mid to upper 70s by Thursday. The next chance for rain and even strong storms comes Friday.

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