6:56AM January 18, 2020

SHOWERS & STORMS LIKELY TODAY; SEVERE WEATHER RISK IS VERY LOW… Rain and storms will be possible throughout the day on this Saturday as a strong cold front approaches our area from the northwest. The overall risk of any severe weather issues remains low as atmospheric instability will be limited. There could be thunder and cloud-to-ground lightning in the stronger storms today, but the risk of damaging wind gusts and tornadoes remains quite low. High temperatures today will be near 70°. Much colder air filters in overnight, and highs on Sunday will drop into the low-50s.

STORMS TODAY: LIKELY NOT SEVERE… I will be monitoring radar trends throughout the day as showers and thunderstorms continue to increase in coverage across the region. The chance of rain and chance of storms will be greatest from 10AM to 5PM today. While there will be modest amounts of helicity in place that could support a few rotating storms, the limiting factor remains the lack of high instability values. The big headline here is we are not expecting widespread severe weather, but a rogue stronger storm or two can’t completely ruled out. The chance of any given area having any severe weather issues remains so low that the Storm Prediction Center did not include a formal severe weather risk zone today. I will have updates as needed today in the RedZone Weather app.

HERE COMES THE COLD FRONT… One of the reasons we’re having all the rain and storms today is because a strong cold front continues to approach our area from the northwest. Cold, dry air will surge into our region early Sunday morning behind the front. Cool days and cold nights are ahead starting on Sunday. Clouds will decrease in coverage from west to east across the region. High temperatures on Sunday will be in the 51-54° range in most spots. Cold nights with temperatures below freezing are expected Monday night and Tuesday night.

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