Evansville's afternoon high topped out at 70° for the second straight day - strong southerly winds peaking near 35 mph at times ensure that temperatures would each more than 15° above the norm for this time of the year. In addition to the blustery winds, the mild weather is expected to stick around overnight; we'll only dip as low as 59° in the River City before scattered rainfall settles in across the region during the predawn hours Thursday. The rain will begin as a light sporadic spattering and remain that way through the late morning and early afternoon, however an advancing cold front interacting with our warm temperatures at the surface will generate more significant shower and thunderstorm activity beginning between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM tomorrow afternoon.
From there, showers and thunderstorms will continue to fire ahead of the cold front dragging slowly southward - some of these storms may even generate strong winds and small hail at times tomorrow afternoon and evening; the greatest threat for strong to Severe storms will fall between 3PM and 10PM Thursday. Rainfall will continue to linger through the overnight hours as the cold front slowly departs the Tri-State. By Friday morning's commute, most areas north of the Ohio look as though they'll be dry - drier wither will have returned to the whole region by Friday afternoon.
That drier weather unfortunately, isn't expected to last long - additional rainfall will return to the Ohio Valley starting overnight and into early Saturday morning. Saturday, Sunday and even Monday will continue to be affected by ongoing rain chances leaving portions of the Tri-State with significant amounts of precipitation. Current model data suggests that some areas could receive more than 3.5" of rain between Thursday and Monday alone. It's likely that we'll see another surge in flood waters as a result due to 1-2 punch of last week's heavy rainfall and what is currently forecasted.
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