Wind advisory issued; Severe storms possible tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the region from 10 tonight until 6 p.m. Friday.

According to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson, the time frame for the worst of the storms will be 8 p.m. to 12 a.m..

It will be cloudy and breezy with a few stray showers and temperatures near 60 during the afternoon in areas with snow on the ground. In the areas with snow still on the ground, temps will have a tough time rising above 50, said Simpson.

The Storm Prediction Center has the northern edge on "slight risk" for severe weather just about at U.S. 36, there will be far lower threat for damaging winds the farther north.

We can expect a threat of damaging winds, especially the southern half of the area, even if we get thunder and lightning. Expect power outages and wind gusts up to 60 mph that will cause limbs to break. Heavier rain is more likely south than north.

We'll drop through the 50s this evening. The rain will end about midnight when a cold front comes through the region. That will end the threat of damaging winds, said Simpson.

Flooding is still a threat overnight. Winds will still stay gusty for a few hours after midnight in the range of 40 mph, and that might be enough for power outages in spots that do not get strong winds in the evening. We'll fall to about freezing, but the winds should dry roads out.

Friday, early clouds should give way to sun as temperatures are expected to rise to the low 40s in the afternoon.

Saturday will start off sunny with clouds working in later in the day. Highs will reach the low to mid-40s.

A weak system is expected to arrive Saturday night with the chance for a few, light rain or snow showers.

Sunday will be partly sunny and colder with highs in the mid-30s.

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