Saturday's Outlook: What To Expect From The Severe Weather Threat

Saturday's Outlook: What To Expect From The Severe Weather Threat

Chances of rough stuff increase southward toward the North Carolina border but the Fredericksburg area could see some strong winds and very heavy rain from storms this afternoon followed by a squall line after dark.

More clouds but quiet conditions are possible later next week. Potential impacts include: damaging winds, hail, lightning, torrential downpours and a stray tornado.

"It's become sort of a tradition this month to have severe weather Friday and a cool weekend", Huckaby said. This means that any isolated discrete or "loner" cells that may develop ahead of the squall line could produce a tornado.which is right in line with the "enhanced" risk of severe storms from Lower St Martin and St Mary Parishes eastward through all of Eastern Louisiana. "Pick up any lightweight objects around the yard and use caution on the roads".

But in the Lowcountry, the number of power outages SCE&G reported was small, with 241 outages reported in Dorchester County, 37 in Colleton County and 28 in Charleston County. Edisto Electric Coop reported no outages.

Columbia County and neighboring areas of the region have been upgraded to a "moderate" risk for severe thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening. We do still expect things to be quite active around here during the afternoon hours with our first true severe weather event of the Spring season.

The National Weather Service in Saint Louis has issued a Freeze Warning for South Central Illinois.

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Some of the storms could bring some gusty winds, unsafe lightning and heavy rainfall. "Heavy rain totaling 2-4" possible.

Can't rule out an isolated tornado.

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Latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of the South Plains and the Rolling Plains remain in severe to extreme drought.

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