Get ready for bad weather tonight!
Chief meteorologist Mark Johnson will provide an update on the latest model on Thursday night.
severe thunderstorm warning
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the following counties through 7:45 p.m.
There is a risk of damage from wind and heavy rain, and weak isolated tornadoes are possible. Scattered destructive winds are the main threat, with isolated gusts of up to 80 mph. Especially in our western communities, isolated large hail can occur.
Remember: Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are suitable for severe thunderstorms in and near the monitored area. Those in these areas should be vigilant for hazardous weather conditions and pay attention to the latest weather information and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can generate tornadoes.
Damage wind threat: All of our communities can be affected by gusts, but Richland, Ashland, Holmes and Coshocton counties have the greatest potential.
tornado threat: includes many of our communities – especially south of Cleveland. This is low risk, but definitely not zero. Make a strict weather plan.
Hail Threat: Hail is less likely to occur than the threat of wind. It most likely occurs in western Ohio.
A warm front passed through the area, pushing temperatures into the 50s this afternoon and increasing humidity. A cold front will approach from the west late Thursday afternoon, lining up strong to severe thunderstorms. Storms can include damaging winds, especially west of Interstate 71.
The storm appears to weaken as the storm line stretches east. Severe weather is most likely between 5pm and 9pm. A storm line will move rapidly through the area this evening. Scroll through the Futurecast images to get an idea of the timing of the storm.
Following the cold front, temperatures are expected to cool considerably tonight with lows in the 30s and little increase tomorrow. The rain will turn to snow tonight and tomorrow. The snow will continue to snow all day on Friday, but it seems that there will be little accumulation. Plan to trace up to 2 inches in most viewing areas by Saturday morning.
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