The parameters which would lead to a major severe event this afternoon are in place but rather marginal, meaning that the margin between a very damaging afternoon and a breezy day is rather thin.Â The weather service will be launching a weather balloon in the early afternoon to try to gauge how things are setting upÂ It is prudent at this point to prepare for a very wild afternoon and night with downded trees, power outages, and possibly a tornado or two.
Current NWS statement:
Severe Weather and Very High Winds Expected Today and Tonight
A fast-moving line of thunderstorms is expected to develop this afternoon in advance of a cold front. This line of thunderstorm will have the potential to produce widespread damaging winds and a few tornadoes.
After the front moves through, a prolonged period of very high winds is expected this evening and overnight. Winds will gust to 40 to 50 mph tonight, and may gust as high as 60 mph at times.