Warm temperatures on the way back for mid-March

The new 8 to 14 outlook from the Weather Prediction has some good news for warm spring weather fans. From March 10 through 16 there is a 60% chance that temperatures will be above average. Seasonal temperatures by the middle of March range from the mid-40s to the lower 50s. Meanwhile, the precipitation outlook for the same period has above average rainfall. So this could be a very interesting mid-March forecast. 8 to 14 day precipitation outlook issued March 2, 2017. (WPC, NOAA)  

Severe weather terminology

With our first chances of severe weather occurring at the end of last week, and another chance headed our way this week (late Tue/early Wed), I wanted to post this graphic from the Storm Prediction Center. It provides a great breakdown of the terminology you hear us talk about regarding our severe weather risk level.

Severe storm threat out of the picture

As Nicholas and Rob mentioned in their Facebook LIVE video earlier tonight, our severe storm threat would be diminishing, while scattered (non-severe) rain and thunderstorms would remain through the evening. Soon after their video concluded, the Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for the region was canceled.

Thursday night update on Friday’s severe storm potential

Our forecast scenario for Friday has not changed much from earlier updates. The entire area remains under an enhanced risk for severe storms on Friday, primarily from late afternoon through late night. Gusty, damaging winds continue to be the primary severe storm threat.