Returning severe threat for Friday

Courtesy of an approaching front from the northwest

While our air mass remains hot, humid and unstable, our upper-level ridge kept things quiet once again for our Wednesday. While it will do the same for much of Thursday, the ridge will start to break down as we head into late Thursday night and into Friday. As the front approaches Friday, we’ll certainly be keeping our eye on a low severe threat across much of the area for Friday afternoon and Friday evening. While we’ll have some scattered t-storms in the morning hours in parts of the area, our best chance for scattered strong to severe t-storms should take place between 2 PM and 11 PM on our Friday. The warm and humid air ahead of the approaching cold front will make an unstable environment suitable for storms with damaging wind gusts and some large hail. Even though the upper-level support doesn’t look ideal, some weak shear means some of these storms could weakly rotate. Given that, we’ll keep the tornado threat fairly low. In addition, we’re keeping the heavy rain threat relatively low. Still, we’ll keep an eye on this setup and make any needed adjustments over the next few days.