A Canadian cold front will blow into Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky on Friday, bringing rain and an increasing chance for severe storms followed by cooler weather the rest of the weekend.
The storms could approach “severe limits” late Friday afternoon and into evening, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
That means lightning could develop, along with heavy downpours, 1/2-inch hail and winds gusting up to 50 mph, said meteorologist Ken Haydu.
Rain will start falling early Friday and continue off and on throughout the day as our chance for severe storms increase. The high will remain warm at 83 degrees.
By Friday night, the likelihood of storms will jump to 80 percent. The overnight low will fall to 65.
More rain could fall Saturday. It will be mostly cloudy with a high of 74.
The rain will move out by Saturday night, leaving dry and sunny conditions Sunday through at least the first part of next week.
Temperatures will be slightly cooler with daytime highs in the 70s and overnight lows in the 50s.
So far this year, 31.36 inches of precipitation has been recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. That’s 1.86 inches above the normal for this point, Haydu said.
By comparison, last year at this time, 27.94 inches had fallen.