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February 28, 2017 Severe Weather Post. Will be updated through the day.

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3. Monitor updated forecast, because confidence on what happens Tuesday night and Wednesday morning is low.

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Unsettled day ahead of us.  There is a CAP developing.  A CAP is like a lid.  It prevents the atmosphere from producing thunderstorms.  The CAP might hold through much of today.  When the CAP breaks then storms form.  This will need to be monitored.  See the CAP graphic further down in this blog update.

Morning storms will move off to the northeast.  New storms could form before sunset (esp over southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois).  Some of the storms this afternoon and evening could become severe.  Large hail and damaging winds are possible today.  A few tornadoes can not be ruled out.

It is impossible to tell you what counties will be hit by severe weather.   All I can tell you, at this time, is that some severe weather will likely occur later this afternoon into Wednesday morning.  Once storms form, then we can start tracking them and forecast county by county.

A tornado watch will likely be issued later this afternoon and tonight.  Multiple watches are likely.  A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe weather.  A warning means to take action.

Two types of storms are possible over the next 24 hours.  A squall line (a line of thunderstorms) will likely form along an incoming cold front.  The squall line may not arrive, in our local area, until the wee hours of Wednesday morning.  Probably after 2 am.  It may not exit our region until after 8 am.  It will move from W/NW to E/SE.

The squall line could produce pockets of winds greater than 60 mph, quarter size hail (or larger), and even rain wrapped short-lived tornadoes.

The second type of storms, that could form today, would be supercells.  Supercells tend to be scattered.  They will move southwest to northeast.  If supercells form, then they could move at 60 to 80 mph.   Seek shelter, if a warning is issued.  You may not have much time to respond.

Supercell thunderstorms tend to produce the longer tracked tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds.

There remains some questions about whether supercells will or will not form.  Most of the guidance does develop supercells.

Here is the latest HRRR chart.  This is the future-cast radar for later today.  This is what radar might look like.  Don’t get too hung up on the exact placement of storms.  The model is giving you the GENERAL idea of what to expect.

This is the 5 PM future-cast radar.  You can see some supercells over portions of Missouri and Illinois.  Again, exact placement will need to be monitored.

A lot of the guidance is shifting a bit further northwest.

Here is the 7 PM future-cast radar.  Again, don’t get too hung up on the exact placement of storms.  Take the general idea that the atmosphere is unstable.

9 PM

11 PM

3 AM

It is possible that portions of the region may not have to deal with stronger storms until after 2 or 3 am.  This is especially true over Kentucky and Tennessee.  That is one possibility.  This will need to be monitored.  Timing of storms is a bit uncertain.  Hopefully, through the day, I can fine tune that part of the forecast.

The Storm Prediction Center has the entire region outlined for some storms.  Monitor updates throughout the day.

The yellow zone is the slight risk zone.  That is where severe storms are likely to occur, but perhaps not widespread.

The orange zone is the enhanced risk.  That is the highest risk (so far today) for severe weather.  That is where the probabilities favor the most intense weather.  Don’t get too hung up on the colors.

The risk covers the entire region.



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