Severe Weather Threat in Central and Southern US, Likely Tornadoes

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Severe weather is anticipated to unload on the central and southern US Wednesday and will move eastward toward the Mid-South by evening bringing flooding rain, hail, damaging wind gusts, and isolated tornadoes.

National Weather Overview

Northwest: Rain over parts of Oregon and Washington into northern Idaho and western Montana, where high winds are expected.

West: Potential rain over parts of southern Wyoming and northern Colorado. Critical fire weather is possible in central New Mexico. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued red flag warnings for southeastern Colorado, where a high wind watch is also in effect. The NWS issued red flag warnings for northern, central and southeastern New Mexico.

Central US and Ohio Valley: Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for most of the Midwest and Ohio Valley.

South: Rain and thunderstorms are forecast from Texas eastward to Georgia There are flood advisories and warnings all along the Mississippi River from Illinois extending to Louisiana.

Southeast: The forecast is dry and mostly sunny throughout.

Northeast: Isolated thunderstorms are possible over parts of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Otherwise, the region will be mostly dry, with a mix of sunshine and clouds.

Severe Weather Threat Across Parts of Central and Southern US

Severe weather season got an early start as numerous tornadoes caused damage including an EF-4 in Georgia on March 26 that impacted over 1700 homes in Newnan, the Times Herald reports.

On Wednesday, portions of the central US, South, Mid-South and southern Ohio Valley could see heavy downpours with flash flooding, large hail, damaging wind gusts of up to 80 mph, as well as several isolated tornadoes are likely.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting severe thunderstorms for Wednesday over parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

Forecasters for AccuWeather are broadening the affected areas, particularly into Wednesday night, to also include portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

Today’s Weather Forecast: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

West: San Francisco 55, windy; Los Angeles number seventy-seven, mostly sunny; Reno 66, partly cloudy; Las Vegas 86, mostly sunny; Salt Lake City 64, mostly sunny; Denver 65, partly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 48, rain; Medford 68, sunny; Boise 68, sunny; Cut Bank 62, windy; Billings 67, sunny; Minot 66, mostly sunny; Rapid City 57, cloudy.

Southwest: Phoenix 91, sunny; Albuquerque 72, sunny; El Paso 84, sunny; San Antonio 90, partly cloudy; Brownsville 88, windy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 78, sunny; Dallas 80, mostly sunny; Oklahoma City 65, windy; Kansas City 66, thunderstorms; Minneapolis 68, thunderstorms.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 77, partly cloudy; St. Louis 78, thunderstorms; Detroit 80, partly cloudy; Cincinnati 83, partly cloudy.

South: Houston 82, thunderstorms; New Orleans 80, thunderstorms; Memphis 80, thunderstorms; Atlanta 83, partly cloudy; Charlotte 88, mostly sunny; Jacksonville 84, mostly sunny; Tampa 85, sunny; Miami 78, mostly sunny.

East: Norfolk 79, mostly sunny; Washington, D.C. 80, mostly sunny; Buffalo 69, partly cloudy; New York City 70, rain; Boston 58, partly cloudy; Caribou 57, cloudy.