Kansas City, Mo. – Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 – NOAA forecasters said the middle of the country will see its second day of blustery winds over the High Plains today. Winds will stay strong through tonight and should finally begin a gradual calm through Friday.
On Wednesday, winds took roofs off buildings, uprooted trees, knocked down road signs and downed miles of electric and telephone lines.
Rain is expected today from the northern and central Plains to the Ohio Valley. Thunderstorms are possible in the northern Ohio Valley and eastern Kentucky. High temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s over much of the region with some locations from Kansas to Kentucky reaching the 60s.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to stretch from central Pennsylvania to southern Florida and along the entire Gulf Coast from Florida to South Texas. The western half of the country will be mostly clear, except for some rain in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana).
Forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center said there are no organized areas of severe weather in the outlook for the next several days.
The center did receive preliminary reports of five tornadoes Wednesday (2 in Arkansas and 3 in Mississippi) along with five reports of large hail and 89 reports of high winds.
Winds over the High Plains will still be forceful, but won’t be quite as strong as they were Wednesday, according to forecasters. For the second consecutive day, High Wind Warnings, Wind Advisories and Red Flag Warnings stretch from the Canadian border to southern Oklahoma. Expected conditions include:
The middle of the country is also a bull’s-eye for wild fire possibilities, according to forecasters. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has labeled a four-state part of the central Plains as a critical area for fire weather today. The area of concern includes extreme northeast Colorado, central and southern Nebraska east of the Panhandle, the western two-thirds of Kansas and extreme north-central Oklahoma. See NOAA graphic at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/index.html#Day1.
Storm Prediction Center forecasters said there is a Slight Risk of severe weather today along and inland of the Mid-Atlantic Coast – the only area currently showing organized severe weather potential. The risk area includes parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia. See NOAA’s outlook graphic at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html.
NOAA’s five-day precipitation outlooks may be found at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml.
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