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Thursday evening Storm Team forecast (12/20/2012)

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Dec 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-20 14:13:00-05

Active thunderstorms are moving from west to east across the viewing area.  Most storms should contain downpours and wind gusts, but as the line moves east, the severe weather potential will decrease.  However, be aware of the possibility for a few strong wind gusts over 60 mph in the strongest storms in the eastern sections of our area, plus the outside chance for a brief, isolated tornado.  General clearing will occur late with sustained winds shifting from the northwest and creating breezy, blustery conditions for Friday.  Lows will drop to the upper 30s and lower 40s by sunrise, with wind chill factor closer to 30°.  Very chilly with sunshine in the afternoon and ongoing winds around 15 to 25 mph; as a result, highs will be limited to the mid and upper 50s.  The weekend will feature freezing temperatures (with a possible hard freeze Sunday for inland rural areas) and afternoon highs recovering to near 60° to the lower 60s.  Sunshine will continue.  Scattered cloudiness will be in place for Christmas Eve and Day with slightly warmer readings.  Another round of storms is possible by next Wednesday.