4/17 – Rob’s Midweek “Morning News” Forecast

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The main focus of the forecast will be Thursday into Friday as another strong system moves through the middle of the country. An upper low over Colorado will move northeastward to the Great Lakes by tomorrow morning with a cold front southwestward into east Texas. As the system moves toward the area, a secondary low pressure will develop along the front and move to near Memphis by Thursday evening. Convection will develop in advance of the low, strengthening as it moves across the area from mid-morning Thursday through early evening, with precip chances for all area.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has a large area, including all of the local area, in an Enhanced Risk of Severe Weather for Thursday and Thursday night.

The main threat is damaging winds with some tornadoes. Heavy rainfall also a threat with widespread 1-3 inch of rainfall, with locally higher totals possible. Precipitation should be east of the area by sunrise Friday, but there could be some wrap around cloud cover across about the northern half of the area for much of the day.