The latest update of the SLIGHT RISK area for potential severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening extends the outlook area further east.
While we do have a nice cap (lid of warm air) holding back thunderstorm development right now (as of 11:30am), we’re seeing signs that cap will break in the next few hours allowing rapid initiation of thunderstorms ahead of a cold front. Dewpoints are rising into the low 70s which means there’s plenty of moist air at the surface to feed these storms.
The primary threat for the WBKO viewing area will be the potential for storms to produce damaging winds and large hail. The tornado threat is rather low – less than 2%.
There isn’t a particular time the storms will get going but it should be any time in the next couple of hours…if not sooner.
The National Weather Service anticipates issuing a Severe Thunderstorm Watch shortly for much of the WBKO viewing area.
Check you preparedness plans, turn your NOAA weather radio on, take advantage of our apps and maps at WBKO.com and “know the weather before it knows you!”