We’re finally getting a change in the weather pattern as a cold front drops into and through the region today. Showers and thunderstorms are on-going this morning and coupled with some areas of patchy fog may impact your morning commute. You’ll want to take your umbrella with you today and budget in some extra time for your ride into work or whatever appointment you may have this morning if it’s time sensitive. The front will slowly move through the region today winding up by the North Carolina border by mid to late evening. In the meantime we may see the clouds break at times during the day which will help to destabilize and energize the atmosphere for another round of storms this afternoon and evening. As we head through the afternoon some of the storms could be strong to severe but much of that will depend upon how much cloud cover lingers once the morning showers wind down. Damaging winds are the primary threat for storms to be considered severe but large hail and even spin up tornadoes are possible. Torrential rain will also be a factor in the showers and storms this afternoon. With the copious amount of rain we’ve picked up from storms this week, any sustained downpours will have the potential to create localized poor drainage or flash flooding. Temperatures for the day are expected to be cooler than we’ve been used to lately with highs in the 70s and low to mid-80s today. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much our entire area under a marginal risk and some of the eastern counties under a slight risk for severe weather with damaging wind gusts being the primary threat for a storm to be considered severe but large hail and tornadoes also possible.
The front will pass into North Carolina as we head over the weekend and a bit of the wedge will try and set up. Now, that will keep temps much cooler than we’ve been used to and will keep some extra clouds around along with the threat of a shower in the forecast for Sunday.
It’s still that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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