Forecast calling for near 70 degrees Thursday followed by lots of rain


"This is a transition day".

The Quad Cities is under our first risk of severe weather of the year. Morning lows Sunday will cause headaches for those who have planted cold sensitive plants with temperatures dipping into the low to upper 20s. Clouds clear and temperatures turn chilly. A healthy northerly wind behind the front will make it feel even cooler. Some storms will be strong to severe with damaging winds and a few tornadoes.

Saturday we remain cloudy and breezy.

The weekend sees some improvement, but weather is still variable both Saturday and Sunday.

Your impacts and timing forecast suggests few or no impacts from storms Friday and Saturday. The next big system is possible by late Saturday or next Sunday. These storms are expected to be somewhat separate cells at first, but will eventually start to run together before a line of storms forms along a cold front this evening. Further east you go the colder air won't be as bad so highs will be in the 40s with rain the likely precipitation type. An area of low pressure will be swinging through the state from the east to the west. Winds wrapping counterclockwise around this low will push powerful northerly gusts across southern Colorado. This will allow for more of a southerly wind than in previous days, keeping the morning and afternoon warmer and more humid. Many models favor a line of potentially strong storms entering west Alabama around mid afternoon.

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The rain will continue throughout the overnight hours and into Saturday morning, so if you have any outdoor plans Saturday, I suggest you consider rescheduling or moving inside if possible.

SUNDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Amid a continued balmy southerly breeze flow, temperatures are likely to operate in the 60s and 70s again.

Tuesday we will have more clouds compared to sunshine along with some lingering showers.

- Main risk is gusty damaging winds, periods of heavy rain, but a very small tornado risk may develop in the Pee Dee.