Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Few Severe T-Storms, Widespread Heavy Rainfall S. Plains / MS Valley on Thursday...

Above is the latest severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) for Thursday, March 8th. Severe thunderstorms are possible within and near the yellow shaded areas on the image.

A vigorous upper level storm system will move out into the Plains on Thursday, while a surface cold front moves slowly Eastward into the southern Plains and lower to mid-Mississippi Valley region.  Thunderstorms will develop near the front, and could become severe across the above outlined area, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours Thursday.

Large hail will be the primary threat, with damaging wind gusts also possible.  An isolated tornado cannot be completely ruled out, however this threat is not significant for Thursday afternoon or evening.

Widespread, torrential rainfall will be the greatest threat across much of the same region, with 2-3 inches (and locally higher amounts) likely within the purple shaded areas on the Thursday rainfall outlook below:

Flash flooding will be possible in much of this region, so if you live in a low lying or flood proned area, please remain alert on Thursday and Thursday night.

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