Saturday Morning Quad Cities Weather | May 13, 2023
Quad Cities residents are advised to stay alert as a Threat Track level 2 out of 5 has been issued for the area on Saturday.
Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke, filling in for Morgan Struck, warns of potential thunderstorms bringing the risk of large hail and a few tornadoes.
As of early morning, the radar shows scattered showers and thunderstorms to the north, but they are not expected to reach the Quad Cities.
Instead, dry conditions are anticipated for a significant portion of the morning and early afternoon.
However, the day will remain humid with temperatures climbing back into the 80s, making it slightly uncomfortable for locals.
Many have already turned on their air conditioning units to combat the humidity, and it is recommended to keep them running throughout the day.
The severe storm zone remains consistent with the previous day’s assessment, encompassing the Quad Cities and areas to the south and west.
This zone is classified as a threat track level 2 out of 5.
Additionally, Makoka, Clinton, Sterling Rock Falls, and Princeton are placed under threat track level 1 out of 5.
The tornado zone also presents a significant risk, with the Quad Cities falling into the “likely” category for the potential of one or two isolated tornadoes.
However, the ingredients necessary for strong, long-track tornadoes are not expected to be present.
Nevertheless, vigilance is still required, as storms interacting with the boundary may generate isolated tornadoes.
Damaging winds up to 60 mph are also likely in parts of the same area, along with the potential for hail ranging from one to one and a half inches in diameter.
To summarize, the forecast indicates a threat level of 2 out of 5, with risks including wind, hail, and isolated tornadoes.
The latest run on the future track suggests a dry morning followed by some clouds in the afternoon.
As the warm front moves northward, clusters of thunderstorms are expected to develop and move into the area in the evening, exhibiting severe weather characteristics.
By midnight, the severe weather threat is anticipated to diminish, transitioning into scattered showers and storms, with a few lingering into Sunday morning.
For Mother’s Day, the first half of the day is expected to be the most active, with some drier weather possible in the afternoon.
However, cloudy conditions will persist, requiring indoor plans for most of the day.
Residents are encouraged to download the News 8 app and the newly remodeled Storm Track 8 app, which provide up-to-date information and alerts on severe storms, often ahead of other sources.
Looking ahead, the start of next week will bring quiet weather and pleasant summer-like warmth, albeit without the humidity.
However, by Thursday, humidity levels will rise again, accompanied by the next round of showers and storms.
The following weekend is expected to return to a calm weather pattern.
The meteorological team will closely monitor the development of storms throughout the afternoon and evening, providing continuous coverage both on-air and online.
In the event that any storms become severe, they will keep the public informed and updated on the situation.