Sunday, March 25, 2012

Severe T-Storms Possible eastern North Carolina Later Today...

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are forecast across eastern North Carolina later this afternoon and into this evening, as the atmosphere heats-up beneath an upper-level low pressure system.  The primary risk of severe weather is shown by the yellow shaded area on the above image.

Large hail and strong, gusty winds will be the primary severe weather threats, however an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out due to the presence of turning associated with the upper-level low pressure system.

Elsewhere, later tonight, there will also be a threat of isolated thunderstorms with hail to near severe limits over parts of the Dakotas and northern Nebraska, as shown by the wording "See Text" on the above image.  Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms are forecast to develop across this region after 10pm or Midnight tonight, some of which could become strong enough to produce hail. 

The main threat of hail near severe limits over South Dakota and northeast Nebraska will be within the brown shaded area on the above image.  Again, this will not be a widespread threat, but rather isolated.

Those living in the severe weather threat areas for this afternoon and evening over North Carolina should remain alert today.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media, or another trusted source for later information, watches and possible warnings.  Make sure that you identify your best sheltering option at home, work or school, and be prepared to go there if threatening weather is observed or a warning is issued.

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