@corbers 1st ones here already second around 11-12 then another around 1-2am .
A strong cold front will be bringing the threat for severe storms to the area Friday afternoon and evening. There are a few things that may reduce or enhance the chances of severe storms. Mainly the timing of the front and the amount of heating and instability that is achieved prior to arrival of this front. Right now that arrival and threat appears to be late afternoon and evening with the primary threat being straight line winds. If the front arrives sooner then the threat could be diminished but if it arrives slower during the heating of the late day and evening then the severe threat could increase. Below is a video discussion of the potential event.
Severe weather watches:
When widespread severe weather is possible across North Carolina, the National Weather Service will issue a watch. Watches are issued for tornadoes…severe thunderstorms and floods. A watch provides you a heads up alerting you that severe weather is expected in the near future. As storms develop…they could become life threatening and damaging. Watches are intended to raise situational awareness and allow you time to prepare.
With near record high temperatures today the ingredients are coming together for more severe weather Friday and Saturday. Much like the last threat the majority of the severe weather will be to our west. The potential is there for a major Tornado outbreak over Kentucky and Tennessee into the Ohio Valley Friday afternoon and evening.
Things are coming together for a major severe weather outbreak tonight into Monday morning. Please start preparing in the Ohio Valley into the Mid-South. These storms will strike in January and at night making for a potentially deadly combination. Make sure you, your family, friends and relatives are weather aware going into Sunday night:
Update: The storms are moving very fast 55mph so all times have been moved up 2-3 hours from my early post.
A very potent arctic cold front is quickly moving across the mid-south this morning heading towards the Carolinas tonight. There are a few threats to watch out for as the day and night progresses. The 1st would be strong surface winds from the southwest ahead of the front. These winds will be 20-30mph with higher gusts to 40 mph as the afternoon and evening progresses. The second threat will be the front itself which should cross the region between 10pm to around 12 am tonight.
The ingredients are coming together again for a severe weather outbreak across the southeast. This doesn’t look anything a severe as last week but still has the potential to produce damaging wind gusts. So the tornado threat is smaller but the wind threat is higher this go around.