Possible Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Late This Afternoon and Evening
The main story for this afternoon and evening will be a cold front crossing the state from west to east. The warm, moist air ahead of the front will provide the perfect ingredients for thunderstorms, with many cells having the potential to become strong to severe. The southeastern half of Wisconsin is currently under a slight risk for severe weather. Damaging straight line winds and large hail will be the main threats, but an isolated tornado will also be possible. The cold front was situated stretching from northeast Wisconsin to the southwestern corner around 3 pm and will continue progressing to the southeast through this afternoon and exiting far southeastern Wisconsin by later tonight.
Relief from the warm weather will come in the wake of the cold front, as cooler, drier air will follow the front into the region. Overnight lows tonight will drop into the lower 50s near the lake and the upper 50s farther inland, while high temperatures on Thursday will only reach the upper 50s near the lake and mid to upper 60s inland. These temperatures are expected to persist into the weekend. Another round of showers and thunderstorms are possible overnight Thursday and Friday as well as another frontal boundary hovers just south of the state and another low pressure approaches the area from the southwest.
With the possibility of severe weather for the rest of today, now is a good time to make preparations. Make sure your weather radio is set and ready to go and please keep yourself aware of the current weather situation, especially if doing outdoor activities. If you observe any severe weather, please contact our office by either calling, emailing or submitting a report at this link.