Here we are at the end of February, and once again we’re talking about the potential for severe weather rather than snow chances. It certainly has been the Year Without a Winter! Yesterday, temperatures got out of control! With breezy conditions, and full sun, we were able to climb into the mid-50s… 54° to be exact! Colder air has settled into the Miami Valley this morning, and most spots are a good 15-degrees colder than yesterday morning. We’ll also be a bit cooler this afternoon… but highs will still run above normal. We’ll be close to 50-degrees.
We start bright, but clouds roll in and thicken through the course of the day. A warm front pushes in from the southwest late tonight, and that’s when our rain chances start. It looks to be around/just after midnight, and the chance for showers and thunderstorms will increase as we head towards the Wednesday morning drive:
So you may get an early wake up, as thunder will be rumbling through the Miami Valley early Wednesday. There is the potential to see some stronger thunderstorms, too, with damaging winds being the main threat. Take a look at the wind speeds at about 5000 feet–this is for Wednesday morning:
The low level jet will be in the range of 60 to 80 knots, which will be favorable for severe thunderstorm development. We will keep an eye on this, with Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis in this evening… and I will likely be coming in extra early tomorrow morning to track these storms. We have you covered, so stay with us on-air and online for any watches or warnings issued. You can always sign up for TEXT ALERTS… this is where you can choose the county you want to receive warning information for, and any alerts will be sent right to your cell phone as a text message.
Outside of any thunderstorm, it will still be a windy day. We’re expecting southwest winds in the range of 15-25 mph, with gusts near 35 mph. At least the winds will bring in mild air… and it will certainly feel springlike Wednesday, with a forecast high of 63°! Things cool off a bit behind this storm system for Thursday, with highs in the upper 40s and the return of dry weather.