Sunday, April 1, 2012

Severe Storms Possible Midwest/OH Valley Again Today...

Severe thunderstorms are forecast within the yellow shaded areas on the above image for today. The greatest threat will be this afternoon and evening over that portion of the Midwest and Ohio Valley region.

Large hail and strong, gusty winds will be the primary severe weather threats across that region this afternoon and evening.  An isolated tornado or two cannot be completely ruled out.

Elsewhere, there are a couple of other areas where strong to locally severe thunderstorm development is possible this afternoon and evening.  The first is over southern Texas (near the "See Text" wording on the image above in that part of the state).  A weak disturbance along the middle Texas coast is drifting West/Northwestward, and could spawn isolated to scattered thunderstorms during the heat of the afternoon.  A few of these could become strong to locally severe, with hail being the greatest threat.

The second area to watch for storms approaching severe limits is over the northern Mississippi Valley/western Great Lakes region.  This will mainly be a risk for tonight after Midnight, with a few storms containing hail near severe limits possible near the "See Text" wording in this region on the map.

If you live in the severe weather threat areas for today, please remain alert to the possibility of severe weather during the indicated time periods.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media or another trusted source for later statements and possible warnings.  Also, please make sure that you've identified the best sheltering option for your location as well.

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