The threat for severe weather has now been elevated from the Storm Prediction Center to a slight risk tonight for areas from Fort Wayne to the north. Southwest of Fort Wayne the threat risk is a step higher in the enhanced area. A strong cold front will bring another threat of mostly damaging winds up to 60 mph with these thunderstorms overnight and through the early hours of Wednesday.
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.
Marginal chance of severe storms through much of the area.
Expect breezy, but brighter, weather for skating downtown today
With a much colder air mass moving in, temperatures fell throughout the day and gusty winds made it feel like it was only in the 20s and teens.
The upcoming month may start on a mild note, but cooler air looks to follow.
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.
Not as widespread; damaging winds still biggest threat
By the numbers, this will be a stretch to remember.
Our area is still in the enhanced risk area for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight.
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.
Elevated risk for Friday with severe storms possible.
We continue to track the potential for strong and severe storms later in the day and into the night on Friday.
Strong storms possible as big changes are in store for temperatures by Saturday.
The signal from the Fort Wayne transmitter to be affected over the next couple of days.
Showers expected through this afternoon.
This President’s Day marks the 55th anniversary of the day John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
An approaching cold front will bring the return of rain chances to our forecast tonight, especially after midnight.
This mission to study lightning on Earth is not the first of it’s kind.
Two-thirds of days since December 1, 2016 have had above average temperatures.