Severe risk diminishing as we turn cooler…

April 11th, 2013 at 8:42 am by under Weather

Yesterday, as expected, the northern counties took the brunt of the severe weather and heavy rain.  Here’s a look at storm reports and rainfall totals:

Storm

rain totals

Because rain over two inches fell in some locations in the north, we do have a FLOOD WATCH in effect up that way today into tonight:

watch

We are likely to see two rounds of rain today–the one that is occurring this morning, and another later this afternoon.  The current rain does have some heavier areas of rain… which may slow things a bit for the morning drive.  There is a huge temperature spread across the Miami Valley this morning, with a front draped right across the middle:

Temps

So highs this afternoon will range from near 60-degrees across the far north… to the lower 70s in our southern counties.  The morning rain will should taper off during the late morning hours and the lull will linger into the early afternoon.  After 3 or 4pm, we expect a line of thunderstorms developing along a cold front to move into the western counties.  This will spread east through the late afternoon into the early evening… and THIS is the line that could produce a little hail and stronger winds.  BUT the SPC has now removed all of the Miami Valley from the Elevated Risk for severe weather.

As suspected, cooler air and extensive cloud cover will help limit the severe coverage here.  Still, we will keep you posted of any warnings.  As we’ve been discussing all week, rain and possibly t’storms will impact Dragon’s Opening Day…  so there could at least be a delay.  We have team coverage of weather AND opening day on WDTN, Channel 2 at noon and again this evening, beginning at 5.  We will also do severe updates, as needed.

Jamie
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