First Warning Forecast: Warmer, windy, and a threat for severe storms

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2019

At this point, damaging winds and large hail are the main threats, but tornadoes can't be ruled out. Initially, individual storm cells or clusters will develop before gelling into a squall line late.

In the evening, "Scattered severe weather from these storms is possible, with the primary threat being strong winds, though a few brief tornadoes are possible", according to the weather service. Stay close to the WAVE 3 News Weather App for updates on Sunday's severe weather potential, which at this point is a Slight Risk from the Storm Prediction Center, a 2 out of 5 on their severe weather outlook scale.

One silver lining: For many parts of the state, particularly the northern half, Saturday afternoon should remain dry and warm, despite heavy cloud cover, said Alex Staarmann, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's regional forecast office in Mount Holly.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms are expected Saturday from Texas to Alabama. Combining strong winds and a saturated ground, it will be easier for trees to be uprooted and even fall on power lines. We'll discuss some of the biggest tornadoes of Ohio's past, including the story of a high school marching band who stared a massive tornado in the face more than 35 years ago.

THURSDAY: Chance for showers. Wind gusts around 50-60 miles per hour will be possible among the strongest storms that roll through.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny & breezy. Low: 65. High: 82.

Low pressure will continue to strengthen and work toward Missouri overnight then toward the Great Lakes on Sunday. Low: 58. High: 80.

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