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Tracking a midweek storm chance and a weekend warmup

TODAY: Still under a blanket of clouds, Wednesday is shaping up to be another cool day. Temperatures look like they will stay in the 50s again, thanks to cloud cover and an easterly breeze.

TONIGHT: Showers return this afternoon. These may bring a few rumbles of thunder with them, but thunderstorm activity should remain limited. By 3 p.m. or so for our southwestern counties, scattered showers will move in, bringing hit and miss chances for rain with a few rumbles of thunder, especially south of I-70. Overnight into early Thursday, a second round will bring better chances for widespread rainfall.

EXTENDED: This round of showers will taper off through the late morning and early afternoon on Thursday, and give us a break before the last push of storms Thursday night. This round will bring the potential for a strong storm or two. The severe potential of these storms is relatively small. Storms that move in ahead of a cold front and attached low pressure, will have an isolated hail and damaging wind risk. This threat has trended lower over the last couple of days, and conditions are not looking ideal for widespread severe storms. Still, pay attention to the forecast leading up to Thursday night. This round arrives around 7 p.m. or so Thursday, and will likely exit to the east during the overnight hours. Lingering showers and clouds Friday morning may leave us a bit cool to end the week, but a big warm up is still in the works for the weekend. Expect sunshine and 70s on Saturday, with 80s in the forecast for the first few days of next week.

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John Ross

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