Weather Blog: Nice Today, Rain Expected for the Weekend

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Today looks to be even warmer than Thursday with temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s area-wide this afternoon. Temperatures may be hindered some by increasing high clouds this afternoon in advance of the next storm system.

The chances of showers and eventually thunderstorms will increase late Friday night and especially on Saturday as a mid-level shortwave moves out of the southern Rockies and into the Plains. The highest
chances of showers and isolated thunderstorms will be on Saturday.

The showers and thunderstorms will become more spotty Saturday night into Sunday morning as the mid-level shortwave moves northeast into the Northern Plains and Upper Mid-West. The thunderstorm activity will pick up Sunday afternoon as a cold front and associated mid-level shortwave impact the region. These thunderstorms are expected to be surface based as temperatures rise into the mid-60s to mid-70s in advance of the front.

There is also expected to be adequate instability and deep layer shear for some of the thunderstorms to become strong to severe. Large hail and damaging winds will be the main concern. The showers and thunderstorms will come to an end late Sunday evening as the storm system presses east of the area.

Quiet weather is expected through mid-week as high pressure prevails at the surface and aloft. The chances of showers and thunderstorms return late in the week as the next storm system rolls through the region.

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