SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED
Showers and thunderstorms are firing ahead of an approaching cold front. This front spans several states as Severe Thunderstorm Watches have been issued from New York to New Mexico. This cold front is somewhat unusual in that fronts this strong typically don't influence this many locations during this time of year. In other words this is a pretty powerful front and it's triggering storms in several states.
A SLIGHT RISK of severe weather remains for all of the WAVE 3 viewing area. Notice the MODERATE RISK is just East of us. This area has more of an impressive/dangerous wind field...which is why damaging winds may be more widespread in those locations.
Storms are already lighting up STORM CUTTER HD RADAR as of 4:30. In fact the first warning of the day was issued at 4:24 PM for Bullitt and Hardin Counties. Everyone will be fair game this evening and into tonight. A broken line of storms continues to push through the area as of 4:30. As of now we think a secondary line may form later tonight and influence parts of the area, too. This second wave looks to arrive at or after midnight. Bottom line now through the rest of the evening be on the look out for storms...and have your safe ready to go should your area go under a warning.
These storms are producing damaging winds...this will be our main concern. We've also had reports out of Ohio of 2" diameter hail so large hail remains a concern. Much like the last few rounds of storms lightning will also be overwhelming. Several fires have ignited in Missouri due to lightning the last few hours so we'll have to monitor that closely. The dew points remain high which means we have plenty of moisture to work with...resulting in heavy rain producing storms.
There's another chance of severe weather tomorrow afternoon as a pretty strong vort max looks to make a nose dive into the area. Tomorrows storms are highly influenced by todays storms...if they linger overnight or into the morning hours...that may mean our atmosphere will take longer to recharge. Either way tomorrow could be a day to watch too. Stay tuned to WAVE 3 for the latest.