For the better part of the week, clouds have been stubborn to clear away from the area. This has limited our forecasted highs by about 3 degrees. Today, much like the past few days, overcast skies will be with us before they break away. By mid-morning, clouds should have broken enough to already begin heating up the surface making for another warm and muggy day across the area.
Strong storms can be expected as we head towards the heat of the day, due to an upper level disturbance moving over the area. With a very saturated and unstable atmosphere, this will fuel strengths of storms. Along and north of Highway 84 (Laurel) looks to be the best chance for storm development. The SPC has already issued a slight risk of severe storms for the entire Newscenter 11 viewing area.
With these storms, localized heavy rainfall, damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and quarter size hail can be expected. This is for the storms they are able to strengthen across the area. These storms look to fire towards the afternoon and linger into the evening before tapering off.
The weekend looks beautiful with slight chance of storms in the forecast. Saturday north of I-20 could see some storms develop that are on the strong side as well, but those will quickly taper of through the evening hours.
Relief is on the way for the start of next week, not only will cloud coverage limit how much we all warm up, but rain chances creep back up. A cold front looks to move through the area, as the ridge we are under weakens slightly. Models are showing that we could see upwards to an inch of rain with this system as it moves through. Highs next week look to stay in the mid 80s for the better part of next week, before we start to warm up by weeks end.