Today the region is bracing for strong storms to speckle the viewing area, and they may be major rain makers. Already there have been some areas that have seen over 2″ of rain, and more is on the way. The storms are slow movers as well, contributing to the flooding potential. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the region under the Marginal Risk for Severe Storms today. Gusty winds are the main issue, but although not officially listed as severe criteria, there will be some localized flooding rains today.
The stormy pattern is expected to continue for several days as the region is locked in this stagnant pattern of moisture and heat. Saturday will see an area of low pressure over the Ohio River Valley tap into moisture to our south and west. This will provide one of the lanes for the rain to arrive.
This will change little as the weekend moves along, as the pattern for Sunday is very similar. The low drifts west a bit, but is still able to tap into available moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and give us the pattern of rainy and stormy weather.
Each of the weekend days will be seeing a fair share of storms in the heat of the day.
Speaking of the heat, the mercury in the thermometer will be near 90 for the next four days, then dip a bit mid-week. There will be rain each of the next six days at least, tapering off next Friday.
Stay alert this weekend if you are out and about. Lightning is a killer, flooding is a killer and heat is a killer. Be weather aware and download the WFXR news App.