Happy Wednesday! Temperatures are in the upper-40s to low-50s as you head out the door on our Wednesday morning. Patchy dense fog is possible in spots this morning, with any fog lifting by 9 a.m. Despite the relatively cool start, temperatures this afternoon will climb all the way into the mid-70s. Scattered showers will be possible throughout our Wednesday, but the main story for Wednesday will be the possibility of strong to severe storms tonight and into tomorrow morning. A squall line will likely push through our area between the hours of 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. This line will bring a threat of damaging, straight-line winds, but an isolated tornado can't be entirely ruled out. Make sure to have multiple ways of receiving weather alerts, especially a NOAA Weather Radio so it can wake you up easily if a tornado warning is issued for your area. You can also download the free WTOK Weather App to get alerts directly to your phone.
About a half an inch to an inch of rain is expected as the line of storms move on through. Locally higher amounts will be possible. Though this may not seem like a lot of rain, things can flood easily due to all the rain we have been seeing over the past few days. It will also be quite breezy during the day on Wednesday, as winds will be from the south at 10-20 mph. Winds could gust up to 25 mph at times, even without the help of thunderstorms. Temperatures will drop quickly behind tonight's frontal passage, with temperatures by sunrise in low-50s.
The heaviest of the rain on Thursday will be during the early morning hours, and a few showers may linger on until about noon Thursday. Temperatures will stay in the low-to-mid-50s through the afternoon hours on Thursday as mostly cloudy skies remain over our area. A freeze is expected Friday and Saturday mornings, with Saturday being the coldest morning of the next seven. We'll see plenty of sunshine for Valentine's Day and Saturday, but highs on Friday will only be in the low-50s. Highs will be in the upper-50s on Saturday. Scattered shower chances will return Sunday through Tuesday, as high temperatures slowly climb back into the mid-70s by Tuesday.