Daily Archives: April 4, 2017

Time posted: 2:07 am

Severe Storms and Snow Showers Ahead

Good Tuesday, everyone. The headline for this update pretty much sums up just how wild our weather is going to be for the rest of the week. We have a big time storm system ready to impact our region and that means our weather is going to get a little crazy for a bit.

40 degree temp swings, severe thunderstorms and snow showers are in the forecast, and all come within a 24 hour period.

Let’s start with today’s calm weather. Highs will be in the upper 60s to low 70s for many, with 75 in the west. Winds will increase ahead of a potent storm system approaching from the west. That will boost temps to near 80 degrees for some of us on Wednesday.

This warm and unstable air will likely spawn rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms racing eastward across the state. Here’s the latest severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center…

Damaging winds, large hail and a tornado or two are possible with Wednesday’s storms. If we can get a few storms out on their own, strong tornadoes will be possible.

Temperatures then tank from west to east behind the storms and will hit the 30s Wednesday night and may stay there through Thursday. A deepening storm to our east will cause strong northwesterly winds to develop, with gusts to 40mph possible.

Widespread rain and snow showers wraparound into the state…

Some light slushy accumulations will be possible Thursday night and Friday morning. Here’s the GFS snow map…

The NAM has some heavier streaks showing up…

Additional snow showers and flurries will fly early Friday across the central and east.

Temps improve very quickly by Saturday and Sunday as a blast of early Summer air shoots in here. 60 degree temps on Saturday will give way to the 70s by Sunday. 80 degree highs will then settle in for early next week.

I will update as needed. Have a great day and take care.