Just another day in paradise, am I right? High temperatures soaring into the low 80s, plenty of sunshine and a strong southwesterly breeze made for a nearly flawless Tuesday throughout the Tri-State. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and our pleasant conditions will find themselves on the way out of the region as early as tonight and tomorrow morning. That being said, there's no reason not to make the most of the beautiful weather while it lasts - temperatures are only expected to fall as low as 71° by the time 10PM rolls around. Overcast skies will arrive overnight and morning lows will dip into the upper 60s - while a few showers may arrive Wednesday morning, the real rain chances won't get underway until Wednesday afternoon.
Showers and thunderstorms being driven eastward by a slow-moving core of low pressure and associated cold front will affect the Tri-State during the second half of our Wednesday and the first half of our Thursday. Some of the storms during this period may even produce strong winds, small hail and even brief broad tornadic rotation. As a result, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the entirety of the region under a "1" on the Threat Index; the greatest threat for Severe Weather will occur between the hours of 5PM Wednesday and 7AM Thursday. It looks as though some lingering rainfall may continue to pass across the Ohio Valley up until dinnertime Thursday; by the time it's all said and done, most of us will have already received between 1" and 3" of precipitation in total!
At least, we'll get a chance to dry out over the weekend ahead - the forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is exactly what you want to see for a spring weekend in the Tri-State. With the last of the rainfall and cloud cover exiting Thursday evening, Friday will be clearer and cooler; we can expect highs near 69° under mostly sunny skies that day, though a northerly wind flow near 10 or 20 mph could make things still feel pretty cool as we all wrap up the work week. Saturday on the other hand, looks perfect - we'll kick off the weekend under clear skies with a high of 73°. Sunday will bring about a few more clouds, but I'm not sure anyone will complain about reaching 78° under partly cloudy skies.