Showers possible Thursday, but severe weather unlikely

Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 12:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Severe weather like what the Columbia area experienced early Wednesday morning is unlikely but possible on Thursday, said meteorologist Julie Phillipson of the National Weather Service

There is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between the hours of noon and four, Phillipson said.

Phillipson said that the forecasts for the next few days include the possibility of rain and conditions that could potentially produce more severe storm weather.

“It depends on what develops,” Phillipson said. “We have the possibility of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for the next few days through Wednesday, with the highest chance being on Friday evening and Saturday, so it is a possibility. It is a very active time of year where we tend to see that type of weather.”

Still, Phillipson is not expecting today’s weather to match the severity of that which Columbia experienced on Wednesday, when early morning storms pummeled Columbia, cutting power and causing flooding.

“Severity cannot be ruled out, and we may see some gusty winds and showers, but we are not expecting the type of severe, damage-causing weather we saw [Wednesday] to impact the Columbia area today," Phillipson said.

 Supervising editor is Joe Guszkowski.

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