Tornado Watch Issued
A tornado watch has been issued for southwest Wisconsin until 10pm. As an elongated area of low pressure approaches from the west along with some favorable wind dynamics, storms are expected to fire and increase in coverage area later today. While plenty of clouds have been found to our west, southeast Wisconsin has had more sun breaks allowing temps to heat up a bit more in the upper 70s and low 80s. This is feeding into conditions becoming more unstable across our area. Additionally, our low level jet, which aids in steering storms, will be lifting up from Illinois into our area this afternoon. These ingredients coming together overhead will lead to a chance for severe weather here in southern Wisconsin. The best timing for severe storms would be from 7pm to 9pm this evening. At this time there is a small or marginal risk for storms to turn severe with gusty winds and possibly rotation.
Here's the latest Severe Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center:
While the greatest risk of severe weather is highlighted in yellow to our west, we still have a chance for storms to turn severe. Please play close attention to forecasts later this afternoon. This is also a great time to download the CBS58 Mobile Weather App. It's free for Apple and Android devices. It will alert you to warnings and you can track the storms with radar and our future radar products. Here's the direct link to download the app: http://www.cbs58.com/category/288759/mobile-apps
Stay safe today!
I'm meteorologist Rebecca Schuld