|Severe weather risk for today, courtesy NWS-Storm Prediction Center|
|Tornado chances for today. Hatched area indicates 10%+ chance of EF2 or greater.|
So, by mid-afternoon (after 3pm), expect scattered storms to begin forming and quickly become strong to severe with large hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes possible. These scattered supercell thunderstorms will continue around the region through evening before a pre-frontal trough arrives during the late evening hours (between 8-11pm). The trough will bring with it more organized line segments or perhaps a full-blown squall line of thunderstorms, which are expected to be severe. Tornadoes are once again a concern, as well as straight-line wind, as wind at 3-5,000 feet will be blowing at 60-75 mph. The cold front will arrive in the 11pm-1am time frame and could bring a few more thunderstorms, though I don't expect them to be "as severe" as the earlier storms.
MWN is now operating in "Severe Weather Mode." The MWN Storm Center has all the information you need as far as safety tips, watches/warnings, radar, and more. You should also keep an eye on StormView Radar as storms begin forming this afternoon. It is also advisable, especially if you follow MWN on social media channels, to read our policy on severe weather coverage (PDF). We'll bring your the latest information throughout today's event.
MWN meteorologist Erik Proseus was interviewed by 600WREC's Tonya J. Powers this morning regarding severe weather safety. To listen to the interview, click here (MP3).
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