A multi-day severe weather outbreak has begun and will continue through Friday across the Eastern US. We’re tracking that as well as a warm and dry weekend for many.

Welcome to the Thursday edition of your Morning Briefing, where we’ll give you a quick rundown on everything you need to know weather-wise, every weekday morning. Let’s dive right in.

Multi-Day Severe Weather Outbreak:

  1. The risk for severe weather began last night and will continue through Friday across a large portion of the US, threatening multiple regions with tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail.
  2. The best risk for strong storms Thursday into Thursday night will be in the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee River Valleys. It is worth noting that the most favorable environmental conditions for strong storms will be near the Gulf Coast states, so that’s why we’ll need to especially monitor Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Thursday evening.
  3. By Friday, the storm system will reach the East Coast. Millions of people will be at risk for severe storms on Friday, spanning from the Mason-Dixon Line through South Florida. Since this is still about 48 hours out in time, the timing of these storms is still to be determined, but the highest risk for storms will likely be Friday afternoon.

Warm Weekend for Many:

High temperature departures from average on Saturday. Credit: NWS/WeatherBELL
  1. A warm weekend is in store for much of the country as the storm system responsible for the severe weather late-week eventually clears out.
  2. The weekend will actually be off to a cool start across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Ohio River Valley, with temperatures up to 25 degrees below average. This will translate to actual highs 50s and 60s.
  3. The Plains and Northeast will be quite warm on Saturday, with highs up to 20 degrees above normal, translating to highs in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
  4. By Sunday, temperatures will be close to average — or seasonable — generally in the 60s and 70s.

Nice Weekend in Store for US Overall:

  1. Once the cold front (and severe weather) clears the East Coast Friday night, dry and warm weather will usher in for much of the country just in time for the weekend.
  2. Dominant high pressure will allow for dry conditions and generally sunny skies from the Southwest through much of the Plains and into the Southeast.
  3. Unfortunately, there will be the risk for some lingering showers in the Northeast from the departing storm system, so it will still be quite wet in some areas. This is especially true for New England.

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