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Severe Weather Possible Overnight and On Saturday

Today will be a relatively quiet day weather wise.  What is left of the cold front is stalled and falling apart along our coast.  We will have a mix of sun and clouds today with just a slight chance for a shower for mainly the coastal areas.  It will be very mild with highs in the upper 70s.  

Up in Washington, D. C. it will be cloudy and chilly with scattered showers for the Presidential Inauguration.  Noon Eastern Time temps. will be in the 40s with rain. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Check out this link for a look back a past weather on Inauguration Day.

The weather will quickly change from good to bad tonight.  A disturbance aloft (upper-level low) will move across the state and this will help to set off some strong to severe storms!  SPC has us in a Slight to Enhanced Risk for severe weather tonight, but it could be upgraded to an Enhanced Risk.  Our atmosphere will quickly become unstable as this system moves through.  The main threats would be damaging winds and a few tornadoes.  The storms will likely move through while many of you are sleeping, so keep you weather radio and weather apps on standby to give you the weather alerts.  Lows will be in the mid 60s.


The severe weather threat will continue into Saturday. The disturbance will move east of us, but we will remain very unstable ahead of a cold front.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop during the day across the region.  Any storm could become strong to severe.  The main threat is very large hail, but we could also see some damaging winds and a few tornadoes.  SPC has us in a Slight Risk for severe weather, but this could also be upgraded to an Enhanced Risk.  I think the greatest area that will see severe weather will be along and north of I-12 into Mississippi.  Needless to say, you will need to be weather aware throughout Saturday.  Fortunately, I'm not expecting any widespread severe weather, but it is still possible for everyone.  Highs will be near records as we climb to around 80°.  Some rain and storms are possible Saturday Night, but the severe weather threat will move east of us.  Lows will be around 60. 

The cold front will move through on Sunday Morning.  We will see a few showers and storms along the front as it moves through.  However, they are not expected to be severe.  Then we will stay mostly cloudy through the afternoon.  It will become very windy behind the front with winds around 15-25+ mph.  Highs will be in the lower 70s.  

Much cooler air will arrive to start next week with highs in the 60s on Monday and Tuesday under sunny skies. 

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