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Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:33 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 2:12 AM
— The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center placed much of the Miami Valley under an Enhanced Risk for Severe Storms for Friday.
The severe weather that spawned numerous tornadoes across the Central Plains will shift east and south overnight and into the day Friday, with the threat for severe weather developing here during the afternoon hours, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
“While a line of storms will be possible in the morning, the main activity is expected to occur near or shortly before sunset,” Elwell said.
The storm system responsible for the severe weather in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas will slowly shift into the Ohio Valley and then stall across the area through the weekend.
"The threat for severe storms will decrease some over the weekend," Elwell said, “but we will likely pick up some much needed rainfall over the next 72 hours.”
Despite the recent dry conditions, there could be some flash flooding if the rain falls too hard, too fast, Elwell said.
The weather pattern change also is forecast to hold temperatures into the upper 70s this weekend.
Friday: It will be warm, breezy and muggy with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The first round will move through in the morning and may bring gusty winds and heavy rain during the commute, mainly between 7 and 9 a.m. A lull in activity is expected through midday, when temperatures will climb into the lower 80s with increased humidity. Isolated showers and storms begin to develop during the afternoon with a more significant line coming through during the evening Damaging wind gusts will be possible with the strongest storms late in the day.
Saturday: Expect on and off showers and storms through the day. While there will be some dry time, rain may be heavy at times. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.
Sunday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a continued threat for passing showers and storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.
Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies will start the day with scattered showers and storms redeveloping during the afternoon. Highs will be a bit higher, climbing into the middle 80s.
Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures rising into the middle 80s. There will be a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm.