The latest on Friday’s severe weather threat
PEORIA (25News Now) - Although there are still some remaining uncertainties in our forecast, we are continuing to keep a close eye on Friday’s potential severe weather risk. Here’s the latest on what you can expect later this week.
Thursday Night and Early Friday Morning:
A warm front will lift north of us Thursday evening. At this point, it looks like any showers and storms that form along this front will remain to our north. However, we may see some additional isolated to scattered thunderstorms late Thursday night and into Friday morning.
As of right now it looks like any storms that form will remain below severe limits, but some locally heavy rain and small hail may be possible at times.
In terms of favorable environmental conditions, Friday afternoon will be our best chance for severe storms. However, this also represents the timeframe with the most uncertainty due to questions about how many storms will actually form.
We’ll be warm and a little muggy on Friday with highs in the upper 60s to near 70, but our proximity to an approaching area of low pressure and cold front will help determine how widespread storms will be.
If we see any storms Friday afternoon, all severe weather threats will be possible including large hail, highs winds and a few tornadoes, especially if we see any discrete cells.
It is worth noting again that despite some favorable conditions, severe storms including a chance for tornadoes, are not a guarantee at this point.
Friday Evening and Early Friday Night:
Chances for thunderstorms, including some strong or severe storms, will increase Friday evening as a cold front moves through Central Illinois. Storms should take on more of a linear structure Friday evening compared to individual cells. Because of this, it looks like high winds will be the main threat within any storms Friday evening, but a few brief tornadoes within the line can’t be ruled out.
There is still some uncertainty around when the highest chances for severe weather will be Friday evening into Friday night, but forecast models are suggesting that our severe weather risk will end around midnight Friday night (if not before).
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