We're waking up to mild and dry conditions on this Thursday morning. Scattered showers will be possible closer to 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM, but we're tracking the threat of severe weather later this afternoon into tonight.
Many of us will see a break from the rainfall during the early afternoon hours and have the potential of reaching the upper 60s; this period of drier weather will essentially recharge the atmosphere ahead of our more significant round of showers and thunderstorms anticipated that evening, prompting the Storm Prediction Center to place the entirety of the Tri-State under a Threat for Severe Weather for tonight.
The first of the potentially Severe Storms should reach our southwesternmost communities between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM. From there, clusters of thunderstorm development will continue to affect the Ohio Valley through 9PM or so. The primary threat from Thursday evening's anticipated storms will be damaging straight-line winds in excess of 60 mph, but due to the presence of a strong upper-level jet stream aloft, brief periods of tornadic rotation and large hail appear as though they'll be a possibility as well. It's important that you remain weather aware throughout our Thursday evening.