First Alert Action Day still in effect for Saturday as potent weather system moves through the Midwest. Today will be cloudy, cool and damp, with patchy light rain here and there but probably nothing heavy. Later tonight, however, as a strong warm front approaches from the south, heavier showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop especially toward daybreak. These will be ‘elevated’ storms and will likely stay below severe limits but none the less some thunder, lightning and heavy downpours are likely late tonight into Saturday morning. After a break during the middle of the day, another round of stormy weather is likely tomorrow afternoon as a trough approaches from the west. This has the potential for severe weather, including damaging winds and isolated tornados. So to sum it all up: Saturday has dual threats of heavy downpours and strong to severe storms…with one round in the morning and another in the afternoon and evening.
Behind the Saturday system the sun will actually make an appearance for the first few days of next week. However Sunday is looking quite windy…which will keep it from being as ‘mild’ as the forecast temps would indicate. Then things will settle down and stay dry for the first half of next week…before we turn cooler and wetter again late next week. But at least the Sunday thru Wednesday period is currently looking mostly dry.