Severe Weather Threat for Midwest Expands


The threat of severe weather over the Midwest has expanded to include 7 states now facing damaging winds, with one state already confirming a tornado, while winter weather alerts from the West Coast to Great Lakes.

Severe weather threatens Midwest, 1 tornado confirmed, more possible

Thunderstorms will stretch from Texas to Wisconsin, encompassing parts of the South, Midwest, Great Lakes region and Ohio Valley. They will meet a cold front moving from the West that could kick off severe weather.

At least 8 states are under risk of severe weather on Wednesday, according to the latest forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS), which includes Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as southeastern Colorado.

The areas under the “very likely” highest risk of severe thunderstorms Wednesday into Wednesday night are southeastern Minnesota, west central Wisconsin, as well as northern, central and west-central Iowa into Omaha Nebraska.

A “likely” risk of severe thunderstorms also exists for southern Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, eastern Nebraska, most of Iowa, and the northwestern tip of Missouri.

Tornado risk

A few tornadoes could be spawned, with one tornado confirmed in one state on Wednesday.

Tornadoes can, and do, occur every month of the year. Last week, December saw at least 37 confirmed tornadoes in 6 states wreak havoc and leave devastating destruction.

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit some of the hardest hit areas of Kentucky that were damaged in last weekend’s tornadoes.

High wind risk stretches from Southwest to Great Lakes

One of the biggest weather risks on Wednesday across the US will be damaging winds, with gusts of 60-100 mph possible in some areas, the Weather Company reported. The possibility of high winds stretches from the Southwest to the Great Lakes.

High wind warnings span from Southwest to Great Lakes

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for much of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, as well as the northern regions of Michigan, Illinois, Texas. Other areas with high wind warnings are northwestern Missouri, eastern Wyoming, southern Oregon, northern California and western Oklahoma.

Widespread winter weather in the West, winter storm warnings

Major winter storms are happening in the West with heavy snow over Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Snow stretches from the West Coast to the Rockies, including over Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for portions of northern and north-central California, throughout Utah, western Colorado, eastern Arizona, as well as northern and central New Mexico.

Ice storms

Ice storms on Wednesday over the northern Rockies, and northern tier of the US, including eastern Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, western Minnesota. In the Northeast, ice storms over northern Vermont, New Hampshire and much of Maine.