Severe Weather & Heavy Rain Potential Through the Weekend
by Cody Matz
May 03, 2012 8:24 PM
After a very active few days across the Upper Midwest, the pattern will continue through at least our weekend. A couple new waves will move through the area, which will likely spark showers and storms both Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately though, there are still several questions that will be tough to answer before our storms get underway; where and when will they form and how strong will they be? Those questions seem to haunt us meteorologists the most because in many cases they can be just flat out unpredictable. But we do often know a general ballpark of where and when things will occur the day of the expected weather event so you will have to stay tuned for updates. Below is a look at our severe weather potential both Friday and Saturday and a look at the forecast rain amounts through the weekend.
Notice by our key that we are under a slight risk both Friday and Saturday. But the additional color pink is for the potential for significant severe weather. What this means is that there is the potential for hail greater then golf ball size and/or wind gusts over 80 mph. This comes standard with every severe weather outlook issued by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) but it’s just something we don’t have time to talk a lot about during the newscast. Not to mention, any type of severe weather is dangerous so you should be taking the exact same precautions for any kind of dangerous weather.
Not only is severe weather a possibility the next couple of weekends, but heavy rain is too. Check out the rainfall forecast from the Hydrological Prediction Center (HPC) from now through Sunday morning.
Parts of the east could see more then 3 inches of rain over the next couple of days. This would be great for farmers as long as it doesn’t happen too quickly. Heavy rain is a possibility though, which could cause some flash flooding in areas that receive too much rain too fast. If this is the case, dont drive through flood covered roads because you never know how deep the water is. Remember that flooding is the number one weather related cause of death, more then tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightning strikes combined. Stay safe!!