RIGHT NOW: We're watching showers and thunderstorms rumbling through the Valley this evening - here's a radar check for you:
Most of the rain will be moving out later tonight, and by 10 or 11 PM ET, most spots will be rain-free. Here's a check of 6 PM ET temperatures out there, showing the rain-cooled air over most of the area:
Tonight, we'll see a clearing sky with lows in the 50s in most spots. I think we might see some patchy fog in spots, so do watch out for that on your morning commute on Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: These two days look absolutely beautiful with some dry air in place. We'll see a sunny to mostly sunny sky with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s.
FRIDAY & THE WEEKEND: Moisture levels will be on the rise by the end of the week and the weekend, and that will lead to a forecast of a partly sunny sky with low-end rain chances back in the picture. At the moment, I have a 20% coverage of rain and storm coverage from Friday through Sunday, which means some folks may not see anything at all. It won't be a washout by any means, but you'll want to have a way to check the radar to track any possible showers or storms that might affect your weekend plans! The good news is, it will be quite warm with highs in the lower 80s.
BETTER RAIN CHANCES NEXT WEEK: Another more significant storm system looks to affect the area next week with the best rain chances coming on Tuesday. Even by Monday, we might have enough moisture for a 30% rain coverage, but I think Tuesday will feature the best chances of rain and storms. This system will have to be monitored closely for severe weather concerns, but I note there is still a large amount of computer model disagreement on the strength of the parent area of low pressure with this storm system, so we will have to monitor it closely.
WEATHER RADIO WEDNESDAY: Hope you can join us at our next event at the Publix off of Macon Road in Columbus tomorrow from 10 AM until 2 PM ET! You can bring your weather radio that you've already purchased, or pick up one at the store for about $30! Don't forget three AA batteries, or pick up a pack at the store, and we'll make sure it is programmed and ready to go!
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX