Monday, February 25, 2013

On the Warm Side of the Storm: Severe Weather/Tornado Threat Today...

As the blizzard continues to unfold over the central Plains, a threat of severe weather (including tornadoes) will develop further South today.

The latest outlook for today and tonight from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is shown below.  Severe storms are possible anywhere within the brown and yellow shaded areas on the image, with the greatest threat within the red shaded area:

Hail and strong, damaging wind gusts are the primary threats, however some tornadoes are also possible, especially this afternoon and evening and especially within and near the red shaded area (which includes Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Mobile).

Thunderstorms are slowly starting to develop ahead of the cold front over extreme eastern Texas and Louisiana at this time.  The activity is expected to increase by midday and especially into this afternoon, with severe storms becoming likely by that time.

If you live across this region, please remain alert today.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media or another trusted source for the latest information and possible warnings.  Please take a few moments this morning to review severe weather safety and preparedness tips and identify your best sheltering option should that become necessary today.

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