In the zone ... The thunderstorm zone.

One day of this weather pattern is in the books. Better get used to it.

Good Friday morning everyone!

Showers and storms have begun to populate the skies, and this pattern is only going to continue. Unfortunately, this means right through the weekend.

HPC - Surface Map - Friday

So long as the frontal boundary is draped through the tri-state, we remain the focus for scattered showers and storms. It will be difficult to pinpoint time-specific opportunities for dry weather and stormy weather, but figure on all corners of our area going through several hours of rain-free/humid skies and then of course the storms all strewn about the region. Here are some particulars that can be said though:

1. Severe weather is not very likely through the period. A spot of small hail (pea sized or less) or gusts of wind can be out there, but most of the time it's just the garden variety stuff.

2. The cycle of convection will put the best coverage of showers in the afternoon hours and the minimum in the morning.

If the models are to be believed (and our 7-day forecast as well), we're going to be stuck with this through the weekend and even right into next week. Check out the projected rainfall totals over the same period:

HPC - Rainfall Projection - Next 7 Days

This would be a very healthy amount for a week or two period. Unfortunately, it's also possible that some folks rack up a few consecutive storms that put a large chunk of that total into just a few hours. Localized street flooding is on the table in those instances.

So, the key is to at least have a plan in mind for these prowling showers, but also know that each day will have several hours of dry skies and rain-free time outside. When each episode occurs just may not be what you're hoping. Check the maps below to stay on top of today's weather.

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

From the Storm Prediction Center (below): Click For a Larger Image

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Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active Warnings
Current Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active NWS Warnings
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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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