Clouds increase tonight; Severe weather possible Thursday

Credit: Jim Noelker

Credit: Jim Noelker

Clouds will increase and the wind will decrease tonight ahead of the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and evening.

The overnight low will fall to around 45 degrees after Dayton and Columbus set high temperature records for today. Dayton’s high was 71 and the high in Columbus was 72, which broke the daily high for Feb. 15 of 69 in Dayton and 70 in Columbus set 69 years ago in 1954, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

There is a risk for strong to severe thunderstorms Thursday, mainly between 1 and 7 p.m.

Damaging winds are the primary threat, but isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out, according to the NWS.

Otherwise, Thursday will be unseasonably warm with a high temperature in the mid-60s. Rainfall between three-quarters of an inch and an inch is likely.

Thursday night there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10 p.m., then a slight chance of showers through midnight. It will be mostly cloudy and breezy with an overnight low around 27 degrees.

Mostly cloudy and more seasonable weather is expected Friday, which will be much colder with a high near 35 degrees. Friday night will be mostly clear with an overnight low around 21 degrees.

Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.

President’s Day will be partly sunny with a high near 51 degrees.

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