Strong to Damaging Wind Potential for Saturday 12/11 Afternoon/Evening
UPDATE FROM NOAA: We are continuing to monitor the potential for severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening as a strong cold front crosses the region bringing an end to what will likely be record warm highs during the day. The exact evolution is still a bit unclear, but we do expect a broken line of showers and thunderstorms to cross the region Saturday evening along a cold front. This activity will likely result in strong to damaging wind gusts as well as the potential for a couple brief tornadoes. In addition to the severe weather threat, windy conditions are expected to develop on Saturday and last through early Saturday night. A Wind Advisory has been issued for the entire area for Saturday through Saturday evening.
Here are the key details with this system:
Hazardous Weather: Strong to damaging thunderstorm winds and the potential for brief tornadoes. Windy conditions outside of precipitation.
Locations Impacted: Our entire forecast area.
Timing: Windy conditions developing from south to north by Saturday afternoon with the strongest winds being along a line of showers and thunderstorms. These are expected to cross the region from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM from west to east. Windy conditions will continue behind the line into Saturday night then gradually diminish.
Confidence on Occurrence: Confidence is higher than normal for all aspects of the hazardous weather described