Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thunderstorms to Develop in Plains Tonight; Some Hail Possible...

A strong upper level storm system will move out over the Great Basin region today, and into the four corners / central and southern Rockies region tonight.  Energy will begin to stream Eastward into the adjacent Plains tonight, as a surface cold front moves in from the North and West.

As a result, thunderstorms are likely to develop across the central Plains tonight, mainly after Midnight, within the green shaded area on the image below:

Some of the thunderstorms may become strong enough to produce hail near severe limits tonight after Midnight, mainly within the brown shaded areas on this image:

Widespread and/or organized severe weather is not expected, but some of the stronger storms within this region may produce one-half to three-quarter inch hail (generally just below severe limits of 1 inch diameter).

The main story for tonight will be rainfall, some of which could be locally heavy, especially within the darker green and blue shaded areas on the latest rainfall forecast below:

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