First Alert Forecast: Storm threat increases into weekend


First Alert Forecast: Storm threat increases into weekend

High pressure has slid east and winds are gusting out of the SE as a result... This is ushering in moisture and warmer temperatures and we'll be topping out in the upper 60s by this afternoon. Although an isolated shower or two is possible later today, better chances move in overnight and into Friday as a warm front lifts into the state. As we've been mentioning this week, even though the higher threat for severe weather is on Saturday morning, we will need to keep a close eye on any storm that can form as a result of that warm front throughout the day Friday. Don't be caught off guard if an isolated warning or two is issued tomorrow. This would be a conditional threat.

Saturday remains our ALERT DAY as confidence continues to increase that severe weather is a probability. Overnight into early Saturday morning, any individual storms that are able to form out ahead of our main line will need to be watched closely. Those would bear the highest threat for a tornado in this period. By the time our line of storms arrives along the Mississippi River, our greatest threat shifts to damaging wind gusts, but tornadoes will still be possible even along that line. Hail and heavy rain are also concerns in this time frame. As of now, it seems this line will be making it into our western counties between 5-8am BUT this could change. In the meantime, be able to hear warnings in multiple ways from Friday all the way through midday Saturday. This line of storms should be exiting our region just after lunchtime.

We’ll catch a quick break Sunday before more rain and storms return to the region by the start and middle of next week. Check back in for continued updates!

Rachel's Thursday Afternoon Forecast

Rachel Coulter

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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