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Expect a warm weekend with a few thunderstorm chances

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WARM WITH DAILY THUNDERSTORM CHANCES

After a beautiful Friday evening, skies begin to cloud up as a storm complex moves in from the west.  It weakens as it crosses the mountains but may hold together long enough to bring a few showers and thunderstorms after midnight.  They exit the area by 4 AM.   Lows are very warm in the 60s for the morning.  Saturday is very warm in the lower and middle 80s but clouds are with us along with isolated thunderstorm chances. In fact, the area is under a marginal risk for strong to severe storms.  This is the lowest threat but winds and hail are a concern. Any storms which fire off will be isolated.  Front heads south of us by Sunday morning. Winds set up out of the east keeping temperatures on the cooler side in the lower 70s. Clouds remain pretty thick too. Once again, a shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out.

HEADING INTO MAY

Once again it warms up Monday into the lower 80s. A cold front swings through late in the day triggering widespread showers and thunderstorms. Expect much cooler air behind this system to funnel in Tuesday. Temperatures fall back to near 70 degrees.  Winds pick up for several days.  Wednesday skies are partly to mostly sunny, however, temperatures are on the cool side in the 60s. An isolated shower is possible, especially in the evening.  A low-pressure system hugs the coast overnight and moves northeast through the day, keeping clouds and showers in the area.  Temperatures are chilly in the 50s and the breeze remains gusty at times.   Some peaks of sunshine return for Friday but winds remain breezy and temperatures slowly recover to the lower 60s. A shower is still possible.

SEVERE WEATHER WEEK WRAP UP

SkyWarn Spotters are people with an interest in both weather and helping other. Doppler radars help meteorologists identify rotating thunderstorms, but SkyWarn Spotters can help to pinpoint places where a tornado may form, sometimes before it even touches the ground! They can also provide other types of storm reports that can either verify what radar indicates or even spot something the radar is missing.

A large number of SkyWarn spotters are also HAM radio operators. Amateur radio emergency groups and amateur radio clubs are into action whenever a tornado or severe thunderstorm watches or warnings are in effect across the commonwealth. These spotters collect information via HAM radio nets and then relay that information to emergency management and to the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is always thankful to these volunteers for the important information they provide! If you’d like to become a SkyWarn Spotter, head to the State College National Weather Service website for more information.

Be “Weather Smart”, stay with FOX43 for the latest forecast information to keep you ahead and ready for storms during the spring and summer season. The FOX43 Weather Team has you covered!

MaryEllen Pann,
Chief Meteorologist