Storm system set to bring severe weather Sunday

The Storm Prediction Center has us at a level 2, which means we could see scattered severe storms. Take precautions with each threat of severe weather. A dry cold front will pass through the Midlands on Thursday with slight cooler temperatures behind it. Even with the sun though, temperatures struggle. highs will likely only make it into the 50s and low 60s. Strong straight line winds will also be a possibility as the line tracks through your area. This is not expected to be a particularly cold or wet system with less than a quarter inch of QPF and only a few inches of snow possible above 4500-5000 feet. Despite somewhat dry conditions going in, there could be some localized flooding.

Storms are still expected for Sunday. This may cause some storm cells to rotate.

Our next chance for rain and storms arrives Friday. As I mentioned before, anywhere that stays fairly quiet Saturday morning will be more poised for thunderstorm activity Saturday afternoon and evening. There is a high chance that a large amount of sand will be blown onto the roadway as the winds pick up out of the south ahead of the storms. Any lingering rain should exit the area by noon tomorrow with a breezy Sunday afternoon to follow with highs around 60.

Know the difference in a "watch" and a "warning". Some of the storms could be strong in the afternoon.

A line of severe thunderstorms will enter the western Panhandle later Saturday night.

As far as the timing, that part has not changed too much over yesterday. They made sure to soak it in before a temperature whiplash in the evening.

A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes buffeted the central USA with heavy winds, rain, hail and snow, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana girl.

  • Leroy Wright