National Weather Forecast
While showers and thunderstorms will be possible from the Rockies eastward on Father’s Day Sunday, there will be two big stories we’re talking about. First, Claudette will continue to move across the Southeastern United States, bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, and the threat of some tornadoes. Across portions of the upper Midwest, there will be the threat of severe weather.
The track of Claudette continues to bring it across the Southeast into the Mid-Atlantic before exiting into the Atlantic Ocean Monday. While some additional weakening is possible, it is then expected to strengthen some across the Carolinas Sunday Night into Monday and could once again become a tropical storm.
From southeastern Iowa to southwestern Michigan, including Chicago, there is an Enhanced Risk of severe weather Sunday. Damaging winds are the main threat, but large hail and a few tornadoes can’t be ruled out.
The heaviest rain over the next few days will fall across the Southeast courtesy of Claudette, where some areas may pick up an additional 3-6”+ of rain.
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