(WFXG) - A strong cold front crossing the region will bring strong to severe thunderstorms to the area today. Much cooler air will move into the area behind the front Saturday with temperatures moderating Sunday into the middle of next week as high pressure resides over the region. The next chance of showers will be Wednesday and Thursday as a weak front nears the area. A squall line crossing GA early this morning is expected to reach the CSRA after daybreak and continue east across the Midlands from midday through the afternoon.
The Storm Prediction Center has the western half of the forecast area in an enhanced risk. The eastern half of the Midlands in moderate risk where diurnal trends would indicate a greater chance for severe weather. Given the strength of the environmental wind fields, and the organizing convection, the squall line will likely be accompanied by increasing potential for damaging wind gusts. Brief tornadoes are also possible. Models continue to show wind shear with instability increasing to moderate during the afternoon. The threat for severe weather will late this afternoon as the squall line moves east of the area. High temperatures will range from the lower 70s west to around 80 degrees east.