Central Ohio Braces for Severe Thunderstorms

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several counties in central Ohio on Sunday afternoon.

Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Hocking, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties, along with 23 other counties in Ohio, are currently included in the watch area. The watch is scheduled to end at 8 p.m.

According to the hazardous weather outlook issued by NWS Wilmington, the storms are anticipated to begin later today and continue into the night. The primary concern is the potential for strong winds that could cause damage. However, there is also a possibility of large hail, tornadoes, and flash flooding due to heavy rainfall.

According to the forecast by NWS Wilmington, there is an 80% chance of precipitation during the day, which increases to 90% overnight. The expected rainfall during the day is less than a tenth of an inch, but it is possible to experience between a quarter and a half of an inch of rain overnight.

Thunderstorms are expected to persist into Memorial Day on Monday.

Columbus forecast for the week of May 26

The week will begin with stormy weather, but it is expected to clear up later on.

    • Memorial Day: Showers and thunderstorms are likely, primarily before 1 p.m. Otherwise, it’s to be partly sunny with a high near 78. Winds could gust up to 25 miles per hour. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible, except it could be higher if it storms.
    • Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 60.
    • Tuesday: There is a chance of showers after 2 p.m. Though, it is to be sunny with a high near 75. The chance of precipitation is 40% and less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall is expected.
    • Tuesday night: There’s a chance of showers before 8 p.m. It’s to be partly cloudy with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 30%, and less than a tenth of an inch is expected.
    • Wednesday: There’s a chance of showers. Otherwise, it’s to be mostly sunny with a high near 71. The chance of precipitation is 30%.
    • Wednesday night: Mostly clear with a low around 49.
    • Thursday: Sunny with a high near 72.
    • Thursday night: It’s to be clear with a low around 48.
    • Friday: Sunny with a high near 76.
    • Friday night It’s to be mostly clear with a low around 52.
    • Saturday: It’s to be mostly sunny with a high near 81.
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