Severe Storm Threat Continues into This Weekend for the South
It has been active for severe weather the last few days in the South and Plains. More severe thunderstorms are likely today with chances continuing into this weekend. Dozens of severe weather reports have been recorded in the last 48 hours from the Ohio Valley into the Southern Plains. A moderate risk for severe storms has been outlined by the Storm Prediction Center in the Texas Panhandle and around the Red River of the South for today.
Hail and tornadoes are the biggest risk today, with wind damage a concern as well. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues for the region and additional watches are expected throughout the afternoon and evening as storms develop.
— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) March 28, 2017
A strong upper level system is aligned in the same area with a surface low pressure center and cold front. This will provide ample energy and support for severe storms. Wind shear will be increasing over the region with surface winds from the southeast and upper level winds from the west. This will support the spin in the atmosphere needed for tornado and supercell development.
A sharp dry line will continue to develop throughout the day as the southeasterly wind transports moist air into the region. The flow from the Gulf of Mexico will push higher humidity over the area as dry air drives in from the Desert Southwest.
Severe thunderstorms will increase in coverage and intensity throughout the day. Ahead of the storm system, large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are possible from Southern Kansas to Texas.
A marginal severe weather risk for large hail continues this evening for the Mid Atlantic region. More severe storms are possible Wednesday from the Central Plains to the Gulf of Mexico.
The low pressure center and cold front will move eastward, sparking additional severe thunderstorms from Texas to Missouri Wednesday. With similar dynamics and instability in place, tornadoes, large hail and strong winds are likely, especially in the late afternoon and evening.
As the storm system progresses slowly to the east, severe weather is likely on Thursday and Friday from the Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley into the Southeast and Mid Atlantic.
For this weekend, another storm system is likely to move out of the west into the Southern Plains. Severe weather chances will increase once again for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels