Storms Likely Tonight; Gone Friday

Posted April 03, 2017

"I can't stress the importance of monitoring your local media and the four National Weather Service offices that cover our state for potentially lifesaving weather alerts", said GOHSEP director James Waskom.

The storm system making its way across Louisiana has resulted in two deaths and two tornadoes.

Sizeable hail has been reported in Chesapeake around 6:20 p.m. Several counties are in a flash flood watch that is in effect until 7 p.m. tonight, including Burleson, Brazos, Grimes and Madison counties. Regardless, we will closely monitor all storms for any severe weather potential.

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A slow-moving weather system will sit over Central Illinois for most of the day, with rain, high winds and possibly thunderstorms expected. Lightning. Timing: Highest severe chances 3 pm to 10 pm.

There is also a risk for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook.

Severe weather watches and warnings are issued by the Storm Prediction Center and the National Weather Service.

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The greatest risk for tornadoes Wednesday is across northern portions of Arkansas, where conditions will be ripe for storms to turn severe, the National Weather Service said.

To keep you up-to-date, we've collated a list of handy resources during severe weather. The helicity values will favor rotation, thus, likely enhancing the tornado threat from Tyler, Texas to just south of Dallas to about Waco, Texas-and points south and east. The daytime high is expected to be around 65 degrees, and rainfall between a quarter- and a half-inch is possible. While weak, a chance of a brief tornado also is possible, according to forecasters. Although embedded tornadoes could be possible within this line, damaging winds will become the predominant threat, with winds gusting as high as 60-70 miles per hour.

The threat for severe weather statewide is forecast to diminish by 4 a.m. Thursday.

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