Severe Weather Risk From the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico
Severe thunderstorms once again moved through the South yesterday, with large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes. Areas from Texas to the Ohio Valley have reported severe storms over the last 24 hours.
One tornado was confirmed in East Texas, with additional areas being surveyed in the South. Wind gusts as high as 85 mph were clocked in Texas with severe storms on Wednesday.
The severe weather risk for today has shifted to the east and north with an enhanced risk across the Ohio Valley and a slight risk southward to the Gulf of Mexico. A Tornado Watch continues in Indiana and Illinois, with additional watches likely through tonight.
Hail larger than an inch in diameter and strong wind gusts above 58 mph are possible with the severe storms today. A few tornadoes are likely as well. The risk is higher in the Ohio Valley, closer to the center of low pressure and a warm front.
The system will slowly sweep to the east tonight, with additional severe thunderstorms forming into a line along the cold front. There is also a marginal severe weather threat between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City with a weaker low pressure center.
Isolated severe storms are possible on Friday, but the threat is lower and less widespread. The system moving through the Ohio and Tennessee Valley today will shift into the Mid Atlantic tomorrow, bringing a marginal severe weather chance. The weak low in the west will push towards the Southern Plains with a marginal risk for severe storms into the Southern Plains.
The support for severe thunderstorms will diminish as the low pressure center weakens and extends northward, away from the highest instability located in the Southeast. The system will push offshore in the afternoon, bringing an end to the severe weather chances in the east.
This weekend, the risk for severe thunderstorms will shift through the Plains Saturday and the Mississippi Delta to the Gulf of Mexico. Coverage and intensity looks lower at this time, but stay tuned to WeatherNation for the latest information this weekend.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels