Monday, March 26, 2012

Severe T-Storms Possible Northern Plains Later Today; Isolated Severe Storms Possible West Texas Late This Afternoon...

Above is the latest severe weather outlook for today from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK. Severe thunderstorms are possible within the yellow shaded area over the Dakotas and extreme western Minnesota, mainly from late this afternoon and evening.

At least scattered thunderstorms are forecast to develop over this region by late afternoon and into this evening as a surface low pressure center and cold front combine with energy from an upper-level weather disturbance.

Large hail and damaging wind gusts are the primary threats, however isolated tornado development also cannot be ruled out.

Further South, in West Texas and along the Texas/New Mexico border, isolated thunderstorms may form late this afternoon along a developing surface dryline.    There will not be support for widespread development, however any storm that does form could produce large hail and strong, gusty winds.  Any such development is likely to dissipate by sunset.

If you live in or near the severe weather threat areas mentioned above, please be on the lookout for changing weather conditions later 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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