Windy, warm weather kicks of the week and will likely provide the fuel for severe thunderstorms by Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front triggers storms to our west. Check out the current winds across the Midwest:
The winds will play a factor in helping to intensify thunderstorms on Wednesday as they couple with upper-level winds (jetstream). As of Monday, the Storm Prediction Center has all of the Tri-State under a SLIGHT RISK for severe storms on Wednesday. A Slight Risk means widespread severe weather is a good bet. Here is the latest outlook for Wednesday:
The timing of the severe weather threat is in the graphic below. Based on today's models, I believe we'll see our best window of opportunity for severe storms on Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning. I would anticipate mainly severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail, but tornadoes will be possible, too.