The upcoming weekend may not be a complete washout, but you will want your umbrella with you at all times.
For this evening, scattered thunderstorms have stabilized the atmosphere. While a stray shower cannot be ruled out through the early evening hours, most locations will dry out. Temperatures will be slow to fall hanging around on either side of the 70 degree mark for much of the evening. It will also continue to feel quite humid outside. Because of the humid air, lows will only drop down into the upper 60s by Saturday morning.
Tropical Storm Karen has weakened somewhat in the Gulf of Mexico mostly due to increasing wind shear. As of late Friday afternoon, Karen is packing winds around 50 mph making it a moderate tropical storm. It looks like the storm will make landfall along the Alabama and Florida panhandle coastline on Sunday as a tropical storm.
If you have any interests across parts of the Gulf, especially between Mobile, AL and Panama City, FL, you will want to monitor this situation. Take a look at the slideshow for an update on the exact forecast track.
A very strong and dynamic weather system is currently taking shape across the nation’s mid-section. This is the storm responsible for producing severe weather across the Plains and heavy snow with strong winds across parts of Wyoming.
The cold front associated with this area of low pressure will plow eastward over the weekend and take aim on central Ohio by Sunday. Ahead of it, warm air and moisture will continue to be funneled northward into our region. This means that Saturday’s weather will be very similar to Friday’s. Expect highs in the middle 80s with a few scattered afternoon thunderstorms possible.
The cold front will bear down on the region Sunday night. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible during the morning and afternoon hours before the main system arrives. By Sunday evening, moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen will be pulled north and begin to interact with the strong front.
It is very possible that an episode of excessive heavy rainfall could occur across the Ohio Valley on Sunday night. Exact timing and placement of the heaviest rain is still being nailed down, but heavy rain does now appear likely in Columbus. Depending on how much instability and wind shear is present, there may be a small risk for strong wind gusts on the leading edge of the line of rain and storms Sunday evening.
The heaviest rain will push east of Columbus on Monday morning along with the cold front. Behind it, much cooler air will rush into central Ohio. A strong upper level area of low pressure will slide over the region Monday and Tuesday. This will keep thick clouds and widely scattered showers in the forecast. Highs both days may barely make it past the lower 60s!
By Wednesday, the entire weather system should pull off to the northeast and allow better weather to return. Expect sunshine and slowly warming temperatures through the rest of next week.
The full 7-day is in the slideshow/list!
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