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Dry & Chilly Start to Thursday; Afternoon Storm Chances

While it's starting off dry and cool, changing conditions are coming our way this afternoon. Shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to move through after lunch. Strong to severe storms possible.

Posted: May 6, 2021 6:37 AM
Updated: May 6, 2021 12:21 PM

We're going to see a variety of conditions for your Thursday. This morning it's all about the coats and cranking up the heat. Dry and sunny skies are with us, but morning temps are a bit brutal. Overnight lows dipped into the 40s and even some communities saw the upper 30s.

Most of the dry weather will stick around for the first part of the day helping highs reach the mid to upper 60s. However, the second half of our day looks quite different. We're tracking more active weather that's expected to hit our area early to late afternoon. All eyes are on a cold front moving in from the northwest.

It looks as though some of the storms embedded within this line of rainfall may produce both wind gusts in excess of 40 or 50 mph along with pockets of large hail. As a result, the Storm Prediction Center of America has placed the majority of the Tri-State under a "1" on the Threat index for this afternoon and early evening. Our far southwestern communities are under a Slight Risk "2" - those communities include portions of Illinois (Saline, Hamilton, Gallatin, White, Hardin Counties) and Kentucky (Union, Crittenden, Caldwell Counties).

The main line of showers and thunderstorms will reach Evansville and Henderson by 2-3PM before pushing east over Owensboro around 3-4PM. There are some signs of light showers sticking around behind the main line. Those are expected to last until about 8PM. The remainder of our Thursday evening looks quite pleasant though - our breezy, partly cloudy conditions will allow temperatures to gradually dip toward the low 40s by your Friday morning.

Evansville
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 54°
Owensboro
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 55°
Princeton
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 54°
Madisonville
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 56°
Jasper
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 50°
Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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