TODAY: It's a warm and muggy start to Thursday. Expect dry skies to be with us for the majority of the day. A few scattered showers will become possible this afternoon, especially in the western half of the Tri-State. Highs will reach the low to mid 80s under partly sunny skies. Humidity levels could make it feel more like the upper 80s at times.
TONIGHT: Storm chances will increase, but staying scattered into the overnight hours. Temperatures won't drop much because of the southerly flow and excessive cloud cover. It will only drop into the upper 60s.
HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND: Showers and thunderstorm chances will ramp up Friday. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire Tri-State under a “1” and “2” on Friday’s Threat Index for Severe Weather. A passing cold front is expected to produce a line of storms over parts of Missouri and Arkansas. The latest model data suggests that line will reach the Tri-State sometime Friday afternoon (3PM-6PM). The main threats will be heavy rainfall, lightning, and damaging winds. We can’t rule out the possibility of hail and tornadoes. The front should be clear of the Tri-State late Friday night and into Saturday morning. Expect a gorgeous Fall weekend with abundant sunshine and highs reaching the mid to upper 60s.