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Strong Storms for Wednesday

By: Weather @ WTAP TV Email
By: Weather @ WTAP TV Email

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT TO 10 AM EST
THURSDAY...

* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* TIMING...1 AM TO 10 AM THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS...SOME TREE LIMBS OR BRANCHES MAY FALL. POWER
FLUCTUATIONS OR OUTAGES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE...BEING MOST LIKELY IN THE HIGHER GUSTS. OUTDOOR FURNITURE...PLANTS OR OTHER OBJECTS SHOULD BE SECURED OR MOVED INSIDE...TO BE PROTECTED FROM THE WINDS. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...
ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

3:25 p.m. Update
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11:00 a.m. Update

The main thunderstorm squall line that moved through this morning is currently moving east and will exit the area shortly. Severe weather appears unlikely for the MOV this afternoon in the wake of the main line that we saw earlier. Strong winds aloft in the atmosphere will continue to strenthen throughtout the day and combined with the warm and moist lower parts of the atmosphere that we are experiencing today could lead to more heavy rainfall and possible strong gusts of wind. A wind advisory is in effect until 10a.m. Thursday for the entire MOV area. Wind gusts up to and exceeding 50 mph are possible.

The tornado threat will most likely remain to the south of our area for the remainder of the day today as areas of Alabama, Georgia, Tenn, and the Carolinas could experience tornadic storms later today.

Locally in addition to the wind threat, flash flooding is possible with likely rain totals in the range of 1 to 2 inches today. The ground is near saturation after the snowfall from the weekend and the rains earlier this work week.

Once the main thunderstorm threat moves out, we will see a sharp drop in temperatures and see our rain transition into snow for Thursday. Accumulation appears to be light with the Thursday event, especially due to extremely warm ground temperatures. More significant snowfall with an Alberta Clipper system this weekend, but more on that as we progress through the week.

-Meteorologist Jonathan Kennedy


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