Warm, wet, and windy Friday, severe storms likely Saturday

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Happy Friday! Temperatures are in the low-60s this morning with a few showers around. We'll see on and off showers throughout our Friday as temperatures climb into the low-to-mid-70s this afternoon. Thunder will be possible at times later today, but severe weather is not expected on our Friday. Wind advisories will be in effect for our area starting this evening. Sustained winds during the day time will be between 10 and 20 mph, and then sustained winds will be between 15 and 30 mph. Winds could gust at times up to 40 mph tonight, and that's without the aid of thunderstorms.

A powerful cold front will push through our area on Saturday, bringing with it a few severe storms. The timing for storms looks to be roughly between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. All modes of severe weather are possible. Damaging straight-line winds will be the greatest threat, as some storms could produce hurricane-force wind gusts. Even without tornadoes, these kinds of wind can cause considerable damage, so be sure to treat severe thunderstorm warnings as if they were a tornado warning tomorrow. Tornadoes, which could be strong (EF-2 or greater), are also a possibility, especially if discrete supercells can get going. Getting discrete supercells doesn't look likely at this time, but they are certainty possible. Even if we don't get discrete thunderstorms, tornadoes will still be possible along the squall line. Quarter-sized hail will also be possible in the strongest of storms. Flash flooding is also possible in spots.

Now is the time to make sure you have a severe weather plan in place. That includes having multiple ways of receiving weather alerts (tornado sirens not included!!!), knowing the room in your home on the lowest floor that has the most walls between you and the outside world, and also picking out a sturdier place to go if you live in a mobile home. With all that said, still remember that the chances of a tornado directly hitting you is slim to none, even in the higher threat days. So follow any warnings and know where to go and you'll be fine!

We'll dry out heading into Saturday evening and we look to remain dry on Sunday. Scattered shower chances will return on Monday and last through Wednesday. Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday will be back in the 70s, with Wednesday seeing the best chance of rain next week. We'll dry out but cool down on Thursday, with morning lows in the low-60s with temperatures dropping into the upper-30s by Thursday morning.