Forecast calls for strong thunderstorms Friday

By Brad Hlozek

STORMTRACKER WEATHER CENTER (KTRE) - It has been a quiet spring so far when it comes to severe weather.  That will change as a strong storm system moves across the country in the next couple of days.

We will stay dry for the rest of today and tonight.  On Friday afternoon, a dryline will interact with an upper level disturbance to give us a few strong to severe thunderstorms.  The storms on Friday afternoon and early evening will be scattered, but not widespread.

We may catch a break in the storms Friday evening before a second, more powerful disturbance moves in overnight Friday. 

This disturbance will spark off widespread thunderstorms, capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes.  This could be some of the roughest weather we have seen so far in about 4 months.

Since the bulk of the rough weather will be occurring overnight, make sure to sign up for Storm Tracker 9 Thundercall.  Thundercall is a free service that will call you when a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Warning is issued in the county where you live. 

By Saturday afternoon, the frontal boundary will slide east, taking the storms with it.  This will bring us some drier and slightly cooler temperatures for Sunday and early next week.