Monday, April 4, 2011

Severe Weather Monday

Severe weather has already caused damage to our west over the last 24 hours which is always a sign of what's to come for us.

With an intense jet stream bringing plenty of moisture and instability to the area. Temperatures will soar into the 80s ahead of the cold front today and drop significantly Tuesday.

This system was expected to move in a bit later tonight from previous computer model runs, however it has sped up dramatically. Now this appears to be a mostly daytime event, which is better (in my opinion).

All modes of severe weather are possible including hail, severe storms, tornadoes, heavy rain and damaging winds. Winds will be sustained 20-30 miles per hour out of the southwest today with much higher gusts. Winds could gust to 60-70 miles per hour in the stronger storms. This is enough to cause power outages and damage to property!

Here is the graphic depiction from the NWS of today's timing. Please find your county shape and note the estimated time of arrival. Take note that school will be letting out for some and others will be in the middle of afternoon drive when the severe weather rolls in:

Please have your weather radio on until the severe weather passes your area. I'll be on WLBT with the latest updates as well as sharing micro-weather updates on Twitter @BarbieBassett and the WLBT First Alert Weather Facebook page.

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