Storm Systems Bring Risks of Snow and Thunderstorms in US


Moving northeast, multiple elevated supercells are expected to develop through the morning across parts of western and northern Oklahoma and into southern Kansas, according to NWS.

A January tornado is nearly unheard of in Tarrant County, happening on only one confirmed occasion in 2017, according to records from the National Weather Service going back to 1880.

A powerful storm system set to affect much of the country this weekend could be a triple threat, with the possibility of severe storms and tornadoes, ice and snow, and flooding. Still, strong thunderstorms will cross the eastern counties between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. this evening.

A wind advisory will be in effect from midnight until 9 p.m. Saturday.

Residents from the Gulf Coast north to Missouri could be hit by severe weather Friday afternoon and into the overnight hours.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for Niagara, Erie, Orleans, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming County starting late Saturday night.

He added: "We're pretty much right in the crosshairs".

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Rain amounts will run between the half inch to 1.25-inch range.

The main threats hitting central and southern parts of the USA are damaging winds, large hail, snow, flooding and a few tornadoes in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.

Severe storms are expected Friday across Texoma with tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flooding all possible as a powerful cold front is expected in the afternoon and evening hours.

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, claimed helicopters, medical and rescue teams had been placed on standby in case they are needed.

Strong forcing along and just ahead of the cold front is expected to cause a squall line of thunderstorms to move across much of Louisiana and western MS tonight and into Saturday morning.

Alabama's Governor Kay Ivey said in a statement: "At the state level, we continue to closely monitor this storm system, while making all necessary preparations".

NWS said more than 18 million people in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma remained at risk of tornadoes and flooding rains. Make sure to stay weather aware throughout the day and have that WYMT Weather App with you.