Warm End to Week, Stormy End to Weekend
HIGHS IN THE 80S THROUGH SATURDAY; SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE SUNDAY
After seeing the warmest day of the year so far yesterday with a high of 86 degrees officially at the Columbus Airport, we will come close to that again today with mostly sunny skies and highs into the lower to middle 80s areawide.
A “cold” front will sweep through the area late tonight into early Friday morning, bringing a chance for a few light showers; I say “cold” because the air mass behind it will not be any cooler. Highs will remain in the 80s for Friday and Saturday.
Clouds increase Saturday evening ahead of a storm system to the west that will bring a chance of significant severe weather to the lower Mississippi River valley. That system will head east on Sunday, bringing us a chance of severe weather as well. Current indications are that the severe weather may not be as strong as what our neighbors to the west will experience Saturday as the primary energy source ejects northeast. Still, a line of strong to severe storms are likely to traverse the area during the day Sunday, bringing gusty winds and a chance for an isolated spin-up tornado or two. There is still an outside chance of some cellular development ahead of this line with perhaps a higher damaging wind and tornado threat, but as of now, that chance looks remote.
Behind Sunday’s storms and associated front, highs will drop back into the 70s for Monday and Tuesday with lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Another warmup is in store for the middle of next week before the next storm system approaches the area by next Thursday. Some models are showing a risk of severe weather with that system as well, but we have a long time to refine the forecast before that threat is realized.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker