WATCH: Storms develop overnight with an isolated gusty storm possible


–The evening will stay quiet and warm for the Valley. Lows only drop to around 60° overnight. We will be monitoring the radar to our northwest this evening. A cluster of storms is expected to develop over Michigan and then head in our direction after midnight.

Timing will be between 2AM and 5AM for the system to work through the region. That timeline comes with a catch. This system isn’t looking like a very large-scale system and the timing and location for where it develops will be important. It will be a close call and it is possible we dodge the storm complex with it passing by just south of the Valley. Most of the model data shows in impacting the Valley but there is some data suggesting a near-miss is possible. This is a trend we will be monitoring. 

The chance for strong storms looks much greater just to the south of our area. That said, an isolated strong storm can not be ruled out for the Valley. The primary threat will be a few storms capable of producing a little hail or some strong wind gusts. The chance for any strong storms ends after 6AM.

Some spotty showers and sprinkles will linger through the rest of the morning and into Friday afternoon. A cold front will be working through the area. This will keep temperatures from climbing through the remainder of the day. Highs will be in the upper 60s to around 70°. The chance for rain does let up a bit into Friday evening with only a few isolated showers expected.

We are looking warm this weekend. Friday’s cold front lifts north of the area Saturday as a warm front. This helps usher in the warmer temperatures with highs flirting with 80° for daytime highs Saturday. The day will be partly sunny and we will have a low chance for an isolated shower to develop.

Sunday will also be warm with highs in the lower to mid-80s. I expect the day to start dry with partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s at daybreak. We will warm to the lower to mid-80s. As temperatures cross that 80° mark, spotty, pop-up showers and thunderstorms will be possible. This will be mainly for the afternoon and evening.

For the detailed 7-day forecast, watch the forecast breakdown above.

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