Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Possible Late Today
It’s a Deja Vu forecast. Higher rain chances will continue again today. The main difference is more instability will be present in the afternoon and a loosely organized squall line will push through during the same time frame. Currently, the Storm Prediction Center has our area under a Marginal risk for severe weather today (1 out of 5). Main threats are damaging winds to 60 MPH with a small threat of large hail. This risk for severe weather is highly conditional on early rain showers/storms not affecting the area before the arrival of the squall line. Arrival time estimated by most weather models are between 3 and 6 PM. Otherwise, expect mostly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Rain chances will continue overnight with lows in the middle to upper 60s tonight. The upper level low over Oklahoma and Arkansas will slowly move eastward and keep our area in a deep southwest fetch of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. At least the temperatures will remain below normal due to the cloud cover and elevated rain chances. WLTZ First Weather Team will keep you updated on the chance for severe storms later this afternoon.
-Meteorologist Desmond Seketrius