It is time to change the clocks back this weekend. We do get an extra hour of sleep. It’s also time for a wild temperature swing as well. Highs today will be near 80 degrees. By Sunday we’ll see highs in the upper 50s. Get the tissue ready, because sniffles are also in the forecast.
Here’s the setup… A strong cold front moved through the Midwest last night. It created some strong storms with heavy rain and strong gusty winds. As the system moved east it weakened in the pre-dawn hours.
The line of showers and storms will move over the Appalachians and then re-form later today. So our rain chances will increase. By the mid afternoon expect scattered showers and thunderstorms in the region.
There will be a lot of warmth and humidity, so there will be some instability for storms. However, we will see lots of clouds through the day. Also, there will be some showers around by the noon hour. So unless we get a big break in the clouds, then we may not see a large amount of thunderstorms. The National Weather Service also downplayed the chance for thunder today in their discussion. At the time of this writing we were not under a slight risk for severe weather. However, strong wind gusts will be a threat regardless of lightning.
The showers and storms will affect the Friday evening football games. Not only will it be wet, but also windy. Tonight into tomorrow the cold front will push through. We’ll see a line of rain showers along the front. Rain may be heavy at times. Then we’ll dry out by about 8am tomorrow morning. The rest of Saturday looks pretty good. Keep in mind that there will one last chance for spotty showers by early Saturday evening. This will be an upper level trough that will kick in and then kick out by Saturday night. We are still looking dry for Sunday with highs only in the upper 50s.
Forecast rain amounts are between a half inch up to an inch. There will be a few areas that will try to pick up an inch and a half. Especially if the front briefly slows down.
Next week we are looking good for Election Day. Highs will be in the mid 60s on Tuesday with partly cloudy skies. So the weather won’t be in your way when you get out and vote.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler