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First Round of Storms Expected Today

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

A very active weather pattern will settle into the West today. Showers and thunderstorms will develop every afternoon through early next week …at least the way things are looking now. A ridge of high pressure positioned over the Desert Southwest, plus an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska, will together allow for moisture to filter into our forecast area through the end of the week.

Thunderstorms will become increasingly wet throughout the week. Today though, they look to be on the drier side. It’s likely many of the showers that develop do not even bring rainfall down to the surface …or at least anything measurable. In addition, thunderstorms will produce little rain and dry lightning will be the big concern with Tuesday’s convection. These storms will also be frequent lightning producers and could also produce strong winds and small hail.

A fire weather warning will go into effect at 2pm today for Jackson Co. and those counties east, plus Northern California. A fire weather watch is in place for Wednesday afternoon and evening for the same locations. This weather pattern will not be letting up anytime soon ..each day will be a similar repeat of the day prior. Temperatures will also stay consisitent from one day to the next.

The timing and coverage of the showers/storms is something that will need to be handled on a day to day basis. This is the one thing that will be changing daily. Nocturnal thunderstorms are possible throughout the week which could impact the next round of storms later that day. For now, isolated to scattered thunderstorms remain in the forecast for West Side Valleys through the end of the week.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese