Severe thunderstorm alerts are in effect for parts of the Upper Midwest and Central United States this evening. Two severe thunderstorm watch boxes have been issued from now until 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. Central Daylight Time.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that severe weather conditions are possible during the next several hours. An easy way to remember watch versus warning is a ‘watch’ means we should be on alert and watch for the potential of severe weather. When a warning is issued, that means severe weather is close by or overhead and that’s the time to get to a safe place!
The most life-threatening impact this evening and early tonight will be damaging wind. There is a possibility a few storms could create more rotation and produce a funnel cloud and/or tornado.
Clusters of rain and thunderstorms will be moving to the east-southeast at a steady pace, between 30-50 miles per hour. Storms may come up quickly due to their pace so stay aware of your weather surroundings!
Be mindful while out and about for your Friday night tonight as some downpours may create flooding. Thunderstorms could produce 1-3 inches of rain in a short amount of time, leading to flash flooding. This complex of storms is on the move for tomorrow and Sunday and we’ll be sure to update you here on WeatherNationTV.com later tonight with our severe weekend forecast. Until then, if you can safely do so please share weather pictures and videos with us to help us tell the weather story the best we can!
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier