Warm Saturday Set To Turn Nasty For Some

While an isolated shower or two will be possible in the late morning and early afternoon, the greatest threat of isolated severe storms will arrive between 9:00 PM Sunday and 2:00 AM Monday. The timing of this system needs to be watched as we could see a few strong to severe thunderstorms develop Friday afternoon and evening.

“We kind of have the whole spectrum of severe weather possible“, said Scott Blair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. Once the fog does clear, skies will be partly to mostly sunny. Sunday will be a gray day with times of rainfall.

In the Weather Center at NewsChannel 21, I’m Michaela Beechem.

Tuesday we will have more clouds compared to sunshine along with some lingering showers. The threat of severe weather is minimal through daybreak on Saturday so rest easy tonight. Highs will reach the mid to upper 50s Saturday with a slight chance of light rain showers with gusty westerly winds. If you take a peek at radar, things may not look all that bad early on Saturday. The threat increases as you travel closer to the Oklahoma and Kansas borders. Some of those storms could be on the strong side…with a chance of severe weather. However, IF they DO form, there is potential for them to become very strong.

Columbia County and neighboring areas of the region have been upgraded to a “moderate” risk for severe thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening.

Current forecast models indicate a line of rain and thunderstorms entering eastern Arkansas around 7 p.m. and push east toward the Mississippi River. A healthy northerly wind behind the front will make it feel even cooler.

Right now, it looks like the line of showers and storms will move into southern IL around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. Friday and then continue to spread eastward. We’ll have a warm, windy day with highs in the mid to upper 70s and southerly winds at 18-22 miles per hour, gusting up to 35 miles per hour.

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