Aside from a few isolated showers and thunderstorms for Evansville and the areas east of the River City, it was another absolutely gorgeous afternoon throughout the Tri-State. Afternoon highs soared into the low 80s yet again - our peak temperature of 83° in Evansville marked our warmest temperature of the year thus far and our hottest since October 23rd of last year. We however aren't finished with our rain chances today; an advancing cold front is already generating showers and storms west of the Mississippi Valley. While some of these storms may produce damaging winds, large hail and even the potential for tornadoes to our southwest, we are not anticipating any Severe Weather this evening.
The first of those storms will reach our westernmost counties between 8PM and 9PM this evening. From there, the cluster will push in over Evansville around 10:30 PM; by then many of the "storms" will have weakened into steady rainfall or light showers. Scattered rainfall will continue to affect the Ohio Valley through the remainder of the overnight hours and even into early tomorrow morning. As far as Thursday goes, it'll be a windy one - wind gusts will peak near 30 mph as the Tri-State deals with scattered cloud cover, a few isolated showers and temperatures in the mid 60s.
On top of all of that, we're already tracking another system that would generate scattered rain chances as we kickoff the weekend ahead. If you have any dinner plans Friday evening, be sure to bring an umbrella along with you - scattered shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to arrive ahead of a passing core of low pressure. Those chances of rainfall will likely linger though our Friday night and much of our Saturday, though current model data suggests that the last of our shower and thunderstorm activity should clear out of the region by late Saturday afternoon or early that evening.