Rain falling across the area could create slick driving conditions today.
"I would expect more accidents today," said Meteorologist Jamie Simpson. "When we have a long period of time without rain, oil builds up on the roadways. Then we get rain and the oil floats on top of water creating very click surfaces."
Once the storms move through, a cold front will move into the area and highs will reach near 80, said Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek. Today will be cooler, putting an end to a heat wave that impacted the region this week.
The cooler weather comes after the temperature reached 90 degrees or higher the past three days at Dayton International Airport. PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for multiple states including Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, set a record Tuesday for September peak power usage.
According to a release from the company, the extreme heat combined with local equipment malfunctions created emergency conditions in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Tonight, it will be much cooler and less humid as clouds clear out. By sunrise, lows will dip into the low 50s, he said.
On Friday, sun will give way to afternoon clouds. It will feel like fall with a breeze and highs reaching into the mid-60s.
"On Saturday, a mostly sunny day will warm us up from a very cool, if not chilly start in the mid-40s," he said.
The high temperature Saturday will be near 70 in the afternoon.
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