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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Forecast: Chance of storms late today, but more widespread tomorrow

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy, chance of t’storms. Near 80 to mid-80s. | Tonight: Variably cloudy. Mid-60s to near 70. | Tomorrow: Some sun early, t’storms midday, clearing late. Mid-70s to lower 80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

If you liked yesterday, you’re probably going to be a fan of today. For the large part it’s dry -- at least early -- and most spots should tally up another 80-degree day. Hopefully the late-day shower and t’storm risk bypasses as it’s done recently. Plus, we’ve probably got a solid dose of that stuff coming up tomorrow. The calm before the storm? Here at least, not so much to our west where severe weather rages much as it has all month.


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Today (Wednesday): Warm air continues to enjoy its stay before the cold front associated with the significant storm system in the central U.S. approaches tomorrow. I think we see a fair amount of sun, but clouds should be more numerous than recently. Off a warm start, temperatures rise to around 80 or as high as the mid-80s. Isolated to scattered showers and t’storms are possible (30-40% chance) during the afternoon and early evening. Winds are noticeable and sometimes gusty. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: South winds persist, and they’re quite warm. After a risk of an evening shower or storm, skies are variably cloudy and may actually clear out a bit again for a time. Lows range from the mid-60s in the chilliest locales to about 70 downtown. Setting the stage for Thursday storms? Confidence: Medium-High.

Keep reading for more on the severe storm threat Thursday, and a nicer end to the week afterwards...

Tomorrow (Thursday): This is a day to pay attention to the sky, especially the sun is out in the morning. The central U.S. storms passes to our northwest and into Canada. While the Appalachians often have a knack for knocking back the severe threat, there’s lots of energy with this system. Showers and t’storms approach during the midday, potentially into the afternoon, and they very well could be widespread strong to severe. Though the main threat might be wind, the setup is one also conducive to tornado formation locally. Highs reach the mid-70s if the rain comes in quick, to lower 80s if later. Confidence: Medium

Thundercast:
Probability of thunder: 65%
Coverage: Scattered to widespread
Most Likely Timing: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tomorrow night: A gusty northwest breeze that arrives behind the front lasts into the night and it brings much cooler nighttime air into the region. It’s mostly clear with lows reaching the upper 40s to middle 50s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday brings us back toward what we should be seeing this time of year, highs right around 70 to the low 70s, with lots of sunshine. I could go on and on, but it should end up speaking for itself. Confidence: Medium

By the weekend temperatures should edge up a bit, toward the mid-70s at least, and maybe upper 70s on Sunday. Nighttime lows are mainly near 50 or into the mid-50s. There could be some 10s on the Daily Digit horizon. Confidence: Medium

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