We’re trapped in a slow-moving, longwave pattern with a broad trough covering the eastern half of the country with a strong upper level ridge over the southwestern U.S. After some rain yesterday skies have cleared out and areas of widespread dense fog have formed up which will make the morning commute challenging. Budget in some extra time for your ride and be sure to drive with your low beams on, even after the sun comes up, to make yourself more visible to drivers around you. The NWS has a dense fog advisory in place for parts of the region until 9am this morning.
Very little change in the overall atmospheric setup is expected in the coming day so the daily threat for scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue. With quite a bit of moisture lingering in the atmosphere the storms will have the potential to produce torrential rain and localized flash flooding. The chance for showers today will be quite slim but an isolated pop-up should be watched for this afternoon. As another frontal system moves through tomorrow the showers and storms will still be scattered but more numerous than what we wind up with this afternoon and may be on the strong to severe side. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center has included about half of our region under a marginal risk for severe storms tomorrow. Thursday should be mainly dry but as another short wave disturbance approaches the region we will again have the chance for a pop-up later in the evening and overnight before things start to improve and quiet down over the weekend.
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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