THE BIG PICTURE
A strong spring storm system will develop and move through the Midwest and Great Lakes Friday night through Sunday morning. A warm front will serve as the focus for on-going showers and storms beginning Friday night through the day Saturday. These storms have the potential to be large hail-producers as this storm gets organized. A cold front will move through late Saturday into the early morning hours Sunday–this front will provide the potential for a final round of severe storms before we turn windy and cooler Sunday.
SATURDAY SEVERE THREAT
The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the Region and areas to our west into Illinois as the area for greatest potential of severe storms. As always with severe weather events–there are many ingredients that have to come together to support severe storms. We’ll have plenty of wind shear, enough instability, and plentiful moisture from the Gulf to produce strong to severe storms.
(Updated Saturday midday)
Our initial storms Friday night into early Saturday will have the potential to produce large hail and heavy rain.
Another line of storms is expected to develop along the actual cold front late Saturday into the early Sunday morning hours. The storms along the cold front have the potential to produce damaging winds in addition to a tornado threat–especially west of the Region.
We’ll be passing along frequent updates right here on regionweather.com over the next 48 hours. Stay tuned!