RIGHT NOW: Things look pretty nice across the area on this Friday evening with most spots dry - we are watching some showers down to our south, and a few to the north:
These are moving west to east and will miss most of the area tonight. Our temperatures are mild, and will stay that way for the next few hours:
Tonight, we don't expect any major weather concerns overnight through early Saturday morning. The storms we're watching will possibly be affecting the area by 7 or 8 AM ET.
SATURDAY SEVERE? We're watching the forecast carefully for Saturday since the Storm Prediction Center does have a severe weather risk for parts of the area:
We expect two different 'waves' of storms, one in the morning, following by a break in the rain and another chance of storms in the afternoon or evening. The afternoon or evening storms would be conditional on seeing enough sunshine to create enough 'energy' in the atmosphere to get storms going again. As far as the threat, we expect the greatest risk to be from damaging winds in a few of the storms, along with some large hail. The tornado threat is not zero, but it is very low - something that needs to be watched!
We just want you to be weather-aware as we head through the day. Have a way to get watch and warning information tomorrow, make sure you have the free weather app downloaded (search 'wtvm weather' in your app store), and make sure you have a backup plan in case you have outdoor activities planned!
DRYING OUT: Sunday and Monday we'll have a chance to dry out with a mix of clouds and sunshine. Sunday looks like the best day with a mostly sunny sky and a high in the middle 80s in most spots. Monday, look for increasing clouds and a high near 80. If you have plans for the weekend, I would try to fit those in on Sunday since it looks like the best day.
MORE RAIN NEXT WEEK: Another storm system will affect the area next week with a disturbance tracking along the Gulf Coast - it will bring not only good rain chances, but also some cooler weather with highs in the 60s for some folks by Wednesday. Wednesday should also be the day with the highest coverage of rain out there.
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX