A Few Strong Storms Possible Tonight
Good evening… we are watching a potent cool front now moving into western Minnesota. T-storms have developed along this front and will continue to expand and strengthen early this evening. Some of these storms will be strong to severe, especially this evening. The area most at risk for severe weather appears to be across central and southern Minnesota. The main threats would be large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
We are expecting this line of storms to move into the western sections of the area after 7 PM, then cross the area from west to east through Midnight. The latest data shows these storms will weaken a bit as they move toward the Mississippi River. However, I can’t rule out a stray severe storm or two, especially west of the Mississippi River this evening. By then the main threat should be damaging wind gusts and large hail. The tornado threat looks quite low.
Because of the low end threat, I m calling tonight an “ALERT DAY.” However, as mentioned above the severe threat is very conditional at this time.
Once storms pass, look for mostly cloudy and cooler conditions. Overnight lows will drop back into the upper 50s to lower 60s.
The goods news is the weekend is looking very nice. We’ll see sunshine return during the day Saturday, with highs in the middle 70s to lower 80s. Sunday looks like another nice day. Expect a mix of clouds and sun and highs in the middle 70s to lower 80s. The one big thing you’ll notice this weekend is lower humidity.
Looking ahead… we are in for a nice spell of mid-August weather. Look for partly to mostly sunny days and clear to partly cloudy nights. Afternoon highs will hold in the upper 70s to lower 80s and humidity values will remain comfortable. Most of the week looks dry, but we did have to add slight chances for rain Thursday and Friday as a weak wave slides across the area.
So, once we get through tonight, get ready for a spell of quiet and dry weather.
Have a great night and keep an eye on sky tonight. -WKBT Cory Malles