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First Alert Forecast: warm front brings few showers Thursday, storms likely Friday night, Saturday morning

Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 5:21 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2021 at 3:13 PM CST
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Warm, moist air will begin to surge in across the region today as a warm front lifts northward. Temperatures this afternoon are expected to be in the 60s to near 70° in some spots under mostly cloudy skies. With increased southerly flow, spotty showers will be possible at time today and tonight. Expect overnight lows to drop to the middle 60s.

A potent cold front will begin to set up on Friday out to the west, but won’t impact our area until the overnight hours and into Saturday morning. Friday’s forecast will feature highs close to 80° with southerly winds gusting up to 25-30 MPH. More spotty showers or thunderstorms will also be possible at times during the day on Friday. Better chances for stronger storms will arrive into early Saturday morning.

The window for seeing severe storms will open up around 11 PM on Friday night and will go through about lunch time on Saturday morning. The squall line ahead of the front could begin to move in around sunrise or so. Strong storms within the line are possible, but we will also need to watch out for any discrete cells that form out ahead of the line during the overnight hours. Areas farther NW have the best chance for seeing a strong storm. Damaging winds are the primary concern, but hail and a spin up tornado will also be possible. Most of the activity should be gone by mid-afternoon. We will be cooler on Sunday in the upper 50s and lower 60s with sunny skies which will continue into next week.

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