We will welcome the Fall season on Sunday at 4:44PM but we’ll have one more chance for strong to severe storms on Friday before the Summer season comes to an end. A cold front will push into a modestly warm and moist air-mass on Friday here in West Central Ohio sparking off showers and thunderstorms that could produce some damaging wind. All day Thursday I have been watching that very cold front which is currently sitting over the midwest.
The storms along this front will weaken as they move East likely giving us some cloud cover for the first half of the day on Friday and possibly a scattered shower or thunderstorm. The question is whether or not we can see some good clearing/sunshine by the afternoon hours that will allow our temperatures to warm well into the 80’s before the actual front passes through. If we can, the atmosphere over the region should be unsettled enough to warrant a low to moderate damaging wind threat with any storms that develop along the front into the afternoon and evening hours.
As of now the National Weather Service has all of West Central Ohio under a slight risk for severe weather tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Forecast models show a line of showers and thunderstorms over the region by the evening hours (5 to 10 PM timeframe.)
Overall, the severe threat is pretty modest with damaging wind being my biggest concern. Flooding is also a bit of a concern due to the fact that storms will likely be slow-moving and capable of dumping rainfall amounts over an inch in a short amount of time. But since we have been so dry lately, a widespread flooding event isn’t expected.
My BIGGEST concern is that there will be a good deal of lightning tomorrow evening! So if you’re headed to a football game, be aware that storms are a very good possibility and please keep an eye to the sky and pay attention to all of our latest forecasts throughout the day on Friday.