SLIGHT RISK of severe storms across the WBKO viewing area this afternoon and evening…
Mainly cloudy this morning with a few scattered showers developing west of I-65.
STORMY START TO THE WEEK:
Today will bring partly sunny skies turning mostly cloudy as a cold front moves into the area. Thunderstorms that could be strong to severe are likely this afternoon into the evening with the main threats being hail and gusty winds. The entire viewing area is under a *SLIGHT RISK* of severe weather mainly during the afternoon and evening hours.
After the cold front moves through tonight, cooler air will slide into the region and stay through the end of the 7 day period. A few showers will linger Tuesday morning, but after that skies clear. Daytime highs from Tuesday on will be in the mid 70s with overnight lows in the upper 40s and lower 50s across the area.
Scat’d Showers and Thunderstorms… High 84, winds S-13
Precip Chance 80% – Rain Amount .25″
Scat’d Showers and Thunderstorms…Low 65, winds W-6
Precip Chance 80% – Rain Amount .50″
Morning Showers, then Mostly Cloudy…High 76, winds NW-7
Precip Chance 40% – Rain Amount .10″
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!”