Central Plains Severe Weather Outbreak: Will We Get It? - 06/03/14

A major severe weather event is unfolding in Nebraska and Iowa this evening.  Waves of severe thunderstorms have moved through producing straight line winds as high as 90 mph and tennis ball size hail.  You can see an image from one of the warned storms from earlier this evening to the right.

So will we see any of this?  Yes and no.  Yes, we will see thunderstorms... but not as extreme as what they are seeing out west today.  The Storm Prediction Center has put us under a slight risk for severe weather Wednesday night into early Thursday.  This will be for communities along and north of I40.  An area of low pressure will swing our way late Wednesday, producing thunderstorms through Kentucky.  Storms are expected to push south through Wednesday evening and early Thursday, producing heavy rain and small hail.  Damaging winds will also be a threat.

While a tornado cannot be ruled out, I think our main concern will be heavy rain and wind.  Be sure to tune into FOX17 This Morning with Craig Edwards for the latest forecast beginning at 5am. 

 

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