The leading edge of some warmer air is knocking on our door. Even though the temperature was no higher than the lower 60s Thursday, we did get some of those thunderstorms which erupted very early in the day across Michigan and Ohio. These “right-hand moving” cells were moving parallel to a warm front, which is still in the process of pushing to the north and east early Friday, albeit very slowly. So, we should wind up within a couple of degrees of 80 Friday, and the call is that the bulk of the showers and thunderstorm activity will remain well to the north and east of the WJZ-TV viewing area.
Friday night will be mild, then Saturday and Saturday will also be warm. There can be a shower or thunderstorm later Friday afternoon and again on Saturday, with the most widespread activity probably occurring on Saturday as the next front limps into the Eastern Region. The temperature on Mother’s Day will be in the 80s, and as a ridge of high pressure builds off of the mid-Atlantic coast early next week, we’ve probably got a couple of days (most likely Monday and Tuesday) where it reaches the mid-80s on some thermometers.