Cory Malles is the Chief Meteorologist at WKBT-TV.
StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 80º / Low 63º... More showers and t-storms tonight. A few storms could be strong to severe. Scattered showers and t-storms stick around for tomorrow.
Last Updated on Monday, May 20 at 5:14 PM...
A stubborn slow moving low pressure system will continue to spin over the Northern Plains tonight. The circulation around it will continue to pump moist and unstable air into the region. As a result, expect another round of showers and t-storms to develop tonight. the highest risk for t-storms appears to lie east of the Mississippi River. The Storm Prediction Center has us under a Slight Risk for severe weather tonight. The timing appears to be this evening through about midnight. The main threats will be large hail, damaging wind gusts, and heavy rainfall. There is a slight risk for an isolated tornado, but that risk appears to be very low at this time. Unlike last night, conditions are not as favorable for widespread severe weather, but there is a risk nonetheless. Expect overnight lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
The low to our west will slowly track east on Tuesday. The slow movement of the system will cause a good chance for another round of showers and t-storms on Tuesday. There's a small chance for a few strong to severe storms Tuesday afternoon in southern & eastern parts of the viewing area... but the greater widespread severe threat should shift to our southeast. Expect highs Tuesday in the 75-75º range.
Looking Ahead... The low will start to shift to our east Wednesday, but it will still be close enough for a good chance of showers. The thunder threat should be less on Wednesday as cooler air will get drawn into the region from the northwest. Expect highs Wednesday to slip into the middle 60s.
Some much needed dry days are expected Thursday and Friday. Temps will be slightly below average with highs in the upper 60s to near 70º.
Unfortunately unsettled weather looks to return for the upcoming holiday weekend with periodic chances for showers and t-storms Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day. These do not look like all day rain events, but you'll want to be prepared for some periods of rain if you have outdoor plans. We will of course fine tune this forecast through the week to try to narrow down the timing of these rain chances. High temps should warm from the mid 60s Saturday... to the mid-upper 70s by next Tuesday.
Have a great week and keep an eye to the sky this evening. -Cory Malles