Two storms look to merge over the Great Lakes Region and we will get some of the active weather that goes with it. We have already seen a few storms pop-up over the western counties on the MaxTrack, but really, it’s been mostly cloud coverage and some wind. Temperatures have warmed to the middle and upper 80s. The dew point temperatures are running in the low 70s for most.
The remnants of Cristóbal and a powerful storm system that has been sitting in the Plains will merge over the Great Lakes today. As they do, heavy rain and strong thunderstorms will be produced, especially along the frontal boundaries associated. As for now, we’re seeing some of the activity arrive in our area with strong thunderstorms putting down some decent rainfall. Wind gusts have been strong outside of the storms, with gusts reaching the 20-30 mph range in the last 24 hours. Wind gusts will have the ability to get stronger as the storms roll by. Tonight, we will mainly see isolated storm activity with heavy downpours and strong wind gusts. One or two of these storms may push severe limits. A damaging wind gusts or a brief spin-up tornado is possible. Remember that we are getting the remnants of Cristóbal so there will be some rotation in these storm cells. Wednesday will have the better chance for rain and thunderstorms. Scattered activity will be expected based on the cold front crossing the region. Wednesday morning will be quiet, but expect the heat of the day to flare up activity by the afternoon and evening. These storms will pose a wind, hail, and brief spin-up tornado threat, especially in the northeast part of Kentucky. After the storms wind down overnight, we cool and get a more comfortable air mass through the end of the week with minimal rain chances.