We're starting out this Thursday morning with scattered showers and mild temperatures across the area. Most of our areas are in the low to mid 60s. Keep the rain gear handy for the entire day because those chances are only going to increase through the day.
Most of the early day rain is ahead of a cold front we're tracking off to the northwest. As the core of the system interacts with our warm temperatures that will generate more significant shower and thunderstorm activity beginning between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM. With our window of dry time, highs should still reach the upper 60s and lower 70s.
Some of the thunderstorm activity has the chance of turning severe. The Storm Prediction Center has place the entire Tri-State under a "1" on the Threat Index for severe weather. Even though we are on the low end of the spectrum, there is still a possibility of damaging winds, small hail, and flooding.
Rainfall will linger through the overnight hours as the cold front slowly departs the Tri-State. By Friday morning's commute, I would still keep the rain gear around. However, there is a good chance we'll get a good window of dry time late Friday morning into the afternoon. Highs will be a bit cooler - the River City topping out right around 60° under mostly cloudy skies.