Severe storms possible tonight

Day 1 severe weather outlook. (National Weather Service graphic)


The National Weather Service said strong to severe storms are possible this evening and overnight as a cold front moves through the region.

Large hail and damaging wind gusts are the main concerns, and an isolated tornado or two to the north also is possible, according to the weather service.

Storms may weaken as they begin to move past the I-35 corridor tonight, the weather service said.

A strong storm system is expected from Friday afternoon through much of the day on Saturday, according to the weather service. Periods of heavy rain will be possible for locations south of Highway 50.
Today, the high will be near 83, with cloudy skies gradually clearing, the weather service said. The south wind will be 9 to 14 mph, increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon and gusting as high as 33 mph.

Tonight, there is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 53, with a south wind of 9 to 17 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds may gust as high as 26 mph. Between a quarter and half-inch of rain is possible.

Thursday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and storms before 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 66, with a north northwest wind of 9 to 11 mph.

Thursday night, the low will be around 49, with a north wind of 5 to 8 mph, becoming east northeast after midnight, according to the weather service.

Friday, there will be a 40 percent chance of showers with a high near 59, the weather service said. An east wind of 7 to 14 mph will gust as high as 23 mph.

Friday night, there is an 80 percent chance of showers with a low of 46, according to the weather service. Between a half and three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

Saturday, there is a 50 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m., with a high near 58, the weather service said.

Saturday night, the low will be around 42 with partly cloudy skies, according to the weather service.

For more weather information, visit www.weather.gov.

Forecast rain totals through Monday. (National Weather Service graphic)

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