Another warm and breezy day to start the weekend, but a significant severe thunderstorm threat will arrive tonight. We should be dry today, although it will be breezy enough for Lake Wind Advisories. Highs under mainly sunny skies should make it into the mid to upper 80s…maybe even touching 90 in a few locations. But during the afternoon a severe weather outbreak will be developing to our southwest…and those storms will be moving northeast into our western counties by tonight. Latest SPC Outlook has roughly the western half of the Heartland under a slight risk of severe for tonight….damaging winds are the greatest threat hail and isolated tornadoes will also be possible. Thunderstorm chances push east of the Mississippi into IL, KY and TN by Sunday morning….with severe storms still possible. Beyond the morning hours we should dry out and quite down a bit….but there will be a chance of a few more thunderstorms developing again in the afternoon or evening. Otherwise Sunday afternoon will be partly cloudy, windy and warm.
After a break on Monday with slightly lower temps and humidity levels….more active weather is likely next week as we warm up again. Right now it looks like the best chance of thunderstorms in our area will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Beyond mid-week an upper ridge begins to build over the southeastern U.S. once again…which should keep our area in an early-summer type pattern again…with warm, breezy and humid conditions.