Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Thursday Severe Storm Risk


Wednesday Afternoon Update:

The entire Local 6 area is now included in the outlook for an ENHANCED RISK for severe weather for Thursday - Thursday night. This is an upgrade from what the Storm Prediction Center had earlier today. You can also see just below the map what the different risk categories mean to you. See below for timing and additional details.

Wednesday Update:

An active weather pattern continues to bring strong storms to the region this week with a greater risk arriving on Thursday and Thursday night. A strong cold front will move in from the Central Plains and Upper Midwest during the day on Thursday. Ahead of the front, very warm, moist and unstable air will lead to thunderstorm development rapidly Thursday evening. 

The images to the left show the forecast radar imagery for different time periods starting at 6PM on Thursday evening.

The cold front should clear the Local 6 area around Midnight and take the severe weather threat along with it. Damaging winds will be the primary threat with the line of storms but hail and an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out, especially associated with storms that develop out ahead of the main line along the cold front. 

Preparedness is important and severe weather safety should be reviewed before storms develop late tomorrow afternoon. Be alert to quickly changing weather conditions throughout the day tomorrow and make sure your weather radio has fresh batteries and is programmed ready to go. 

The Storm Prediction Center has most of our area outlined in a SLIGHT RISK and parts of the area (IL/MO) in an ENHANCED RISK. See the map below:

Storm Prediction Center Outlook for Thursday - Thursday Night


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