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Windy with strong to severe thunderstorms

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE’S NBC) ▬ A few scattered rain showers will continue until 10 a.m. as the mild spring like temps continue to rise. The first 60s of the year will be accompanied by the POTENTIAL for strong to severe thunderstorms.  If we see some sunshine break out before noon the chance for severe thunderstorm between noon and 5 p.m. will increase.

We have raised the Thunderstorm Impact Number from a 1 to a 2 out of 5 on our exclusive scale at Fort Wayne’s NBC. Strong damaging winds will the greatest concern with storms that do develop this afternoon. Tornadoes are not the biggest concern, but the threat is not zero either. All modes of severe weather are possible this afternoon, from damaging winds of 60+ mph, small hail, and we can’t rule out the potential for a tornado either.

It’s been a while since we have seen strong to severe thunderstorms. It’s a great time to review what the difference between a tornado WATCH is vs a tornado WARNING. A watch is issued if the ingredients are coming together for the development of tornadoes. This is when that you should be weather aware and know where your safe place is, if a tornado WARNING is issued. If you’re under a tornado WARNING, you should take action immediately, get to the lowest level of the structure as well as the most interior room. Put as many walls between you and the outside.

The winds will be a big issue today as well with a wind advisory going into effect at 1 to 8 p.m. gusts up to 50 mph are possible even without the thunderstorms.

This will cause issues from your trash can ending up down the street, to possibly even power outages.

Most of the rain will wrap up by 8 p.m. and temps will begin to drop into the 50s and 40s.

Friday will me much cooler with a high of 43°F with rain and snow is likely. No snow is expected to accumulate as temps will be too warm. The air a few thousand feet above our heads will be much colder supporting the snow, but the the shallow layer of warmer air at the ground the snow won’t have enough time to melt. This is why we will be dealing with a rain and snow mix. Winds will still be breezy too with gusts up to 25 mph.

Saturday will be chilly with a high of 38°F, but it will be dry with mostly cloudy skies.

Sunday will be a little warmer with a high of 43°F and partly cloudy skies.

Temps continue to slowly warm on up next week with dry conditions expected.

Yasser Kishk

Meteorologist Yasser Kishk joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in October 2016.

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