A soupy mess coming together this weekend

Keep an eye to the sky this weekend, folks. We’ve got quite a setup for a pretty significant severe weather outbreak tomorrow, which unfortunately gets in the way of Mother’s Day. There’s also a chance that today could get particularly rough, particularly in the afternoon as the heating of the day kicks in and kicks off those summer thunderstorms we all know and love. I’m particularly worried about the afternoon CofC commencement ceremony, which starts at 4 — typically the time of peak intensity for these isolated thunderstorms. Here’s hoping they avoid the peninsula until after the conclusion of that ceremony. Radar’s not showing much yet, though that could change literally at any time.

Keep an eye here or on @chswx on Twitter, as I do send tweets in severe weather situations. I also have started to do some live weather broadcasting when conditions warrant, including a quick briefing I produced this morning about this weekend’s setup. Typically, I’ll broadcast in heavy weather situations as well in addition to sending tweets — I take the SuperDeeDooperDoppler full, have interactive chat, and it’s a really great experience. Join us next time!

UPDATE: A snippet from the National Weather Service after the jump.

From a Public Information Statement this morning:

…There could be several rounds of strong or severe thunderstorms
this weekend…

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop today as boundaries
move in from the west…as well as other storms along the sea breeze
near the coast. A few storms may become severe with large hail and
damaging winds.

A back door cold front will then move southward through southern
South Carolina to a location near the Savannah River by Sunday
morning. Numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop along and
north of the warm front…with large hail…damaging wind gusts
and isolated tornadoes the main hazards.

The cold front near the Savannah River valley Sunday morning will
then lift back north as a warm front across the area Sunday
afternoon and evening. Southern South Carolina and southeast
Georgia will then become situated in a moist and unstable air
mass…as low pressure develops along the front over or just west
of the forecast area. Numerous thunderstorms will develop
throughout the day…and some of these storms could become severe.
The main weather hazards are expected to be damaging winds…large
hail…and tornadoes…some of which may become strong with long
tracks.

Severe thunderstorms or tornado watches and warnings will likely
be issued throughout a good portion of the weekend.