FORECAST: Record highs likely, strong storms after 11pm tonight

CLEVELAND - Power of 5 Meteorologist JD Rudd says to stay weather aware today as strong storms are likely overnight into Saturday.

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FORECAST SUMMARY:   As you wake up Friday morning, it will already be warm. The exception will be right along the lakeshore where reading may briefly slip into the 40s. With abundant sunshine expected by afternoon, temperatures are expected to soar into the middle 70s. This will, once again smash records for the day!
The record high in Cleveland for Friday is 69° set back in 1961. The all-time warmest it's ever been for February in Cleveland is 74°. We will likely break that number too.
The record high in Akron for today is 68°, also set in 1961. We're forecasting 75°.

Thunderstorms are likely Friday night into Saturday morning as a strong cold front cuts into the area. **THERE IS A THREAT FOR SOME STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS** The timing for our area is between 11pm and 5am.
The Storm Prediction Center has place parts of our area in an "Enhanced Risk" of severe weather tonight.
The main threat would be straight-line winds over 60mph and some flash flooding. The resulting impacts would be some downed trees and power lines, as well as flooded out roads. We will monitor and give updates as we get closer to Friday night.

After the front goes through, the temperatures will rapidly drop. Our "high" Saturday will happen early in the morning and likely be in the 50s (which is why your automated phone app may be showing Saturday as a warm day). But by the afternoon, we'll only be in the 30s and it will be rather windy. Don't be surprised to see some snowflakes and light showers too as that cold air sweeps over an unfrozen Lake Erie.

Sunday brings a return of the sun, but highs will only be in the lower 40s (still above average for this time of year).

Temperatures start to rebound next week into the 50s for Monday and Tuesday, and 60s again on Wednesday.  Spotty rain showers are going to be possible with a few rumbles of thunder by the middle of the week.


FORECAST

Friday: Afternoon sunshine and windy with record warmth. High: 76° Wind: S 15-25mph

Friday Night: Rain and thunder likely with some strong to severe storms possible. High wind and heavy rain the main threats.

Saturday:  Any lingering morning showers end. Some afternoon sunshine possible for some, others may see flurries and showers mixing. Rapidly falling temperatures and windy. 10am temp: 44°, 4pm temp: 35°. Wind: SW 20-30mph and gusty

 

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