Milder air will lead to weekend storms

Good Thursday, folks. We have a big-time blast of milder air pressing into the region in the coming days. This mild air will take our temps into something more typical of April. With the April warmth will also come April showers and thunderstorms.

Highs Thursday will hit the low 60s for many areas, with a mix of sun and clouds.

A warm front lifts across the region Wednesday night and will carry a small chance of showers in the north. The air coming in behind this front is pretty awesome in terms of temps:

As temps rise, our storm chances will be on the increase. This happens as low pressure moves into the Ohio Valley this weekend. The highest storm chances will be Saturday night and early Sunday:

A few of the storms couldĀ be on the strong side.

This is part of a very active setup, with storm systems rolling across the country:

This should put areas from the plains into the Ohio Valley under the gun for rounds of strong storms and heavy rains. Look at some of the model rain numbers just over the next 10 days:

This kicks off a likely super-active setup of strong to severe thunderstorms in these same areas through April. That also shows up well on the 45-day rain map from the CFS:

Buckle up for a stormy ride, my friends.

Enjoy the day and take care.

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