Severe Threat has Ended

Toledo, OH 8:05pm Update (Wed. 4/20/17)

The severe thunderstorm watch has expired. Lingering showers and storms (non-severe) will move out of the area over the next 2-3 hours. Completely dry conditions are likely by our 11pm newscast on 13abc.
Cooler and dry tomorrow. Join us on 13abc at 11pm for the update.

-Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback
6:35pm update (Wed. 4/20/17)
Severe storms are still possible this evening. The threat for large hail and damaging wind will end from west to east and be completely out of the area by 8-9pm.
-Jay Berschback

The National Weather Service has posted a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Toledo region until 8:00pm Thursday.

This is classic spring erratic weather, as the sunshine gets us to a high near 80° Feel the humidity in the air? That is the fuel we need for thunderstorms, when you add in the ingredients of lift and ample instability.

Storms fired up on schedule around the Indiana border between 3:00-3:30 this afternoon. For a time, Defiance County was placed under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. Putnam County was also under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 5:30pm and Hancock County was placed under a warning until 6:30pm.

The biggest threats are straight line winds and some smaller hail. As the cold front advances on us, temps will plummet into Friday.

10:05pm Update (Wednesday)

Showers and storms (non-severe) will move out of the area overnight.

Thursday will begin with some hazy sunshine and a muggy feel to the air. A batch of showers may form just after noon, but the main line of strong to severe storms is expected in the early evening. Large hail and damaging wind are possible through late Thursday evening.

-Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback
3:30pm Wednesday update:
Storms are now developing in the area and to our west. No big changes from the text below. Storms will be likely through 6pm-7pm and then again later in the evening. Small hail and wind gusts over 45 mph are possible (along with lightning and heavy downpours).
Stay with 13abc and check out the 13abc app for more details.
-Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback
Wednesday Noon Update:

We are still in line for afternoon thunderstorms, a break, and then another round of Wednesday evening thunderstorms. The initial wave of showers and weaker storms moves into the western part of the area around 2:00 p.m., reaching the Toledo metro area before 5:00 p.m. This appears to be a broken line of storms, looking for the last several hours like it will be a diminishing bow line.

Most of these storms will move from almost due west to east. Gusty winds near 40-50 mph are the biggest threat, along with small hail. After a couple hours-long break, a second line of storms moves in. The HRRR model and RAP have storms back in Toledo by 9:00-10:00 p.m.

Rain is still highly likely Thursday, again in the afternoon. This is a "slight risk" day aka 2/5 on our scale.

Tuesday - 4/18/17 6:40pm

Temperatures will jump into the 70s the next couple days with a very active weather system moving through the region. With enough sunshine, temperatures may touch 80 degrees (especially in the southern half of the viewing area).

Showers and storms are expected to develop Wednesday afternoon as a warm front moves through the area. A few storms may contain small hail and wind gusts over 45 mph. We're in the "marginal risk" area for severe storms. The most likely time for storms is from 2pm-6pm with the storms moving southeast of the area later in the evening.

Another round of bumpy weather is expected Thursday afternoon with a strong cold front approaching the area. Hail and wind are once again the main threats with the storms that rumble through SE Michigan and NW Ohio.

Stay with 13abc and for updates on the warmth and the thunderstorms.

-Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback