Clouds have been slow to build in today, which has allowed temperatures to climb into the lower 70s across the area. Rain will be arriving this evening into the overnight, and there is the potential that we see an embedded thunderstorm or two, otherwise this will just be rain overnight. The clouds and rain will hold temperatures around 60 degrees overnight.
We should see a break in the rain for most of the daylight hours on Friday, which will allow us to warm into the upper 70s and perhaps even sniff 80 degrees. This will all be in advance of a cold front and upper level low that will swing through, that will touch off one more round of showers and storms Friday evening into Saturday morning. Because of the heat and humidity in place, these storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds and hail, and at this point, I cannot rule out a tornado or two. The entire Newscenter 11 viewing area along and west of Highway 43 is under a slight risk of severe weather tomorrow night from the Storm Prediction Center.
Storms and rain will come to an end Saturday morning with all the rain gone by noon at the very latest. Skies should clear abruptly behind the front, leaving the back part of Saturday dry and seasonal.
As we start next week, the warmest air of the season so far will arrive, as temperatures will flirt with 80 Monday and Tuesday and should get there Wednesday and Thursday. Our next cold front will arrive late Wednesday into Thursday, and this will bear monitoring as the warmth ahead of it could lead to another round of strong to severe storms.