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NWS: Chance of severe weather

Parkland residents might want to take full advantage of this weekend’s temperatures in the 70s because the region is in for a changeover to more seasonable weather next week.

According to the National Weather Service, the work week will bring much cooler temperatures and the chance for severe thunderstorms beginning Sunday, along with a switch over to mostly rain showers through Tuesday.

A warm front entering the region early Saturday morning will bring a chance for fog and/or drizzle. A brief period of showers can not be ruled out later in the morning, but models differ regarding just how much cloud cover will linger into the day.

Near record temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s are expected on Sunday as strong southwesterly winds return to the area. A cold front associated with this system should reach northwestern portions of the region early in the afternoon, with storms developing as the day progresses.

The threat of severe weather will continue into the evening hours across much of the coverage area. The greatest threat will continue to be across the eastern half of the region, where very large hail, along with a chance for damaging winds and an isolated tornado will also be a possibility.

The bulk of the storms should be south and southeast of the coverage area by around midnight Monday as the cold front pushes thru the area and more seasonable temperatures return for the remainder of the forecast period for the region.

Here’s the detailed NWS forecast for the Parkland and surrounding region through Thursday:

Saturday will see the chance for patchy drizzle with a slight chance of showers before 7 a.m., patchy drizzle between 7 and 10 a.m. and patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, the day will be mostly cloudy with a high near 72 and a southwest wind of 3-8 mph. The chance for precipitation is 20 percent. In the evening, there will be a 20 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m., with mostly cloudy conditions, a low around 64 and a south wind of 7-9 mph.

Sunday will bring a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. under mostly cloudy conditions and a high near 77. Winds will be from the south 10-17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. That night, showers and thunderstorms will be likely before 1 a.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 a.m. Conditions will be cloudy with a low around 55 and a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

Monday’s conditions will likely be wet with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high near 61. Overnight, a 50 percent chance of rain continues with a low around 46.

Tuesday brings a continued chance for rain, mainly after 1 p.m. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent. In the evening hours, a 50 percent chance of rain will be in the forecast until around 1 a.m. Conditions will be cloudy, with a low around 39.

Wednesday into Thursday will see partly cloudy skies with highs between 52 and 54 degrees, with lows around 35.

For the latest NWS forecast, watches and warnings, check out the Daily Journal website at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

According to the National Weather Service, the chance for the Parkland to receive severe weather on Sunday is slim, but the area can expect to see a strong likelihood of thunderstorms and rain through Tuesday, along with more seasonable temperatures.

According to the National Weather Service, the chance for the Parkland to receive severe weather on Sunday is slim, but the area can expect to see a strong likelihood of thunderstorms and rain through Tuesday, along with more seasonable temperatures.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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