Friday is a 9 First Warning Weather Alert Day as severe thunderstorms are forecast to move in after the evening commute.
While this is an alert day, the greatest risk for severe thunderstorms will be after 6 p.m.
The Storm Prediction Center has the Tri-State under an “enhanced risk” for severe weather, which is one risk category higher than they had us Wednesday.
This risk means there is a significant possibility of damaging thunderstorms for our area. If the risk scale was one to five, this would be a category three risk.
Timing (subject to change, so keep checking in):
- 2 to 6 p.m.: Strong storms ongoing in Indiana, Illinois, and western Kentucky.
- 6 to 8 p.m. Strong to severe thunderstorms move into Southeast Indiana.
- 8 to 10 p.m. Strong to severe thunderstorms move into Greater Cincinnati.
- 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Strong to severe thunderstorms move into areas east of Cincinnati.
The greatest threat with these severe thunderstorms will be damaging winds over 60 mph. Hail is possible as well with sizes at or over one inch. Isolated tornadoes are possible as well, but the good news with this system is that the tornado risk is lower than the wind risk.
As the storms move our way, they will likely take on the appearance of a squall line with individual bowing segments that could produce the stronger wind gusts. Now would be a great time to download our Storm Shield app for your phone and familiarize yourself with it so you can be prepared for Friday’s risk.
We’ll keep you updated ahead of the storms.