Our unsettled weather stretch continues into Mother’s Day and beyond

May 7, 2015 0 Comments

A large, slow-moving storm system to the southwest of our area in the central Plains has been bringing clouds and showers to our weather picture for the past couple of days while the strongest severe weather has been in the southern Plains in its southern flank. As the surface low pressure with this system and its associated cold front move through our area today, we’ll continue to deal with the chance of thunderstorms, some of which may become strong or at least produce downpours of rain through the late afternoon and evening hours. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our area in the “Marginal Risk” of severe weather as a handful of storms may produce large hail and gusty winds while a larger outbreak appears to be south of us.

A large severe weather outbreak is expected in the southern Plains Thursday afternoon and evening while our local area may see a handful of strong storms.

A large severe weather outbreak is expected in the southern Plains Thursday afternoon and evening while our local area may see a handful of strong storms.

Looking aloft, a ripple in the jet stream is responsible for producing today’s surface low pressure and as it moves eastward, showers and thunderstorms will move out later in the night, leaving our area drier and a bit brighter for Friday and Saturday with highs in the 60s behind the cold front.

Thunderstorms are developing along and ahead of a cold front under a trough of low pressure aloft in the Upper Midwest.

Thunderstorms are developing along and ahead of a cold front under a trough of low pressure aloft in the Upper Midwest.

As we move into the weekend, a large upper-level low pressure system will settle into the nation’s midsection, bringing another storm system into our area for Mother’s Day. While yet another severe outbreak is expected in the southern Plains, our area will likely see a Slight Risk of severe weather, meaning a few more showers and thunderstorms may produce hail and gusty winds locally with some more downpours of rain in the afternoon and evening hours Sunday.

Severe weather may develop ahead of a large upper-level low Sunday. We'll be on the north fringe of the severe weather potential, but a Slight Risk range of storms may be issued for our area by the Storm Prediction Center.

Severe weather may develop ahead of a large upper-level low Sunday. We’ll be on the north fringe of the severe weather potential, but a Slight Risk range of storms may be issued for our area by the Storm Prediction Center.

Cooler air will pour in behind the surface low by Monday while scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will still be possible to start the next work week. A few sparse light showers will be possible into Tuesday before drier, brighter weather returns for Wednesday under an area of high pressure. Warmer, more seasonable temperatures will become more likely by Thursday of next week after we spend a few days in the 50s and low 60s.

The Upper Low moves away to the east by the middle of next week, allowing our region to begin warming up with the help of sunshine under an approaching ridge.

The Upper Low moves away to the east by the middle of next week, allowing our region to begin warming up with the help of sunshine under an approaching ridge.

 

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