Published: Wed, March 01, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Severe storms possible overnight, into Wednesday

Severe storms possible overnight, into Wednesday

The RPM Model shows that severe weather potential with a large squall line of thunderstorms by late afternoon Wednesday in western New England. At the same time, however, some central regions in the state will be spared the severe storms but will see, nonetheless, powerful gusts of wind and only minor storms scattered around. There won't be any good source to help spark off heavy/widespread storms on Tuesday though, so instead Tuesday will be a humid day with a few stray showers and storms around. The overnight and early a.m. hours are the most unsafe times for severe weather because so many people are asleep and unprepared.

The Storm Prediction Center reports almost 40 million people in the area stretching from Arkansas to OH are at risk for storms. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle, Lake, Livingston, McHenry, and Will counties in IL, and Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter countries in IN. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds.

More widespread showers and thunderstorms are set to develop by Tuesday and continue into Wednesday as the warm front continues lifting northward. Most thunderstorm activity should end by mid-morning Wednesday as the cold front exits to our southeast.

Cities generally south of I-70 are in a slight risk for severe weather Wednesday.

The main timeframe we will be watching will be from 3 PM until 3 AM, with possibly one round in the late afternoon/early evening and a second round late Tue night. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has a (#1a) Marginal Risk of severe weather today from Eastern Oklahoma to Central Missouri. Ultimately, the rest of Alabama will see only low-intensity storms here and there. We'll have a better look at the situation later today, but we believe that Wednesday will be a day to have your trusted sources of receiving severe weather alerts handy during the entire day. The line of storms will be linear in nature with damaging winds, hail, and isolated embedded tornadoes possible.

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