UPDATE 12:30 p.m. – The National Weather Service office in Cleveland is warning against a warm front that will move northeast across northern Ohio today. Any storms that can develop along this boundary could produce a brief tornado.
The Storm Prediction Center's Slight Risk area for severe thunderstorms (primarily damaging wind) has been expanded east and south and now reaches Cleveland and the western suburbs and the US 30 corridor. The area with the tornado risk has also expanded to include all of northern Ohio.
A scattered to broken line of thunderstorms is expected to develop over Indiana or NW Ohio during the late afternoon and evening. The image below indicates where this line of thunderstorms may be located around 5 and 8 p.m. tonight. These storms will be capable of producing strong damaging winds:
MANSFIELD 8:15 a.m. – Friday Night Lights may be interrupted by Friday night lightning this evening.
According to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, a warm front will move northeastward across the area today, with a high temperature this afternoon reaching 90.
A scattered to broken line of thunderstorms is then expected to develop over Indiana or northwest Ohio during the late afternoon, reaching north central Ohio between 5 and 8 p.m.
With area high school football teams kicking off week three of the season at 7 p.m., the potential for delays due to lightning is a possibility.
The isolated storms could also be accompanied by high winds.
According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association website, outdoor games or practices shall be halted when lightning has been recognized or thunder is heard.
"It is required to wait at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning is witnessed or thunder is heard prior to resuming practice or competition. Given the average rates of thunderstorm travel, the storm should move 10-12 miles away from the area. This significantly reduces the risk of local lightning flashes. Any subsequent lightning or thunder after the beginning of the 30-minute count shall reset the clock, and another count shall begin."