Significant Severe Storms Possible on Easter Sunday
Damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes all possible
We enjoyed a cool day (at times chilly with those gusty winds) and we’ll get cold tonight with temperatures mainly in the low 40s, but some areas will dip into the upper 30s! Saturday will be sunny and mild with highs in the low to mid 70s. Showers and isolated thunderstorms could arrive by late Saturday night ahead of a powerful system approaching from the west that could have a major impact on the area Sunday.
A deepening low to our northwest will draw in warm, moist air from the Gulf behind a warm front that will lift to our north on Sunday. With cooler air aloft, this will make the environment quite unstable. A trailing cold front will trigger strong to severe storms out ahead of it Sunday afternoon into early Monday morning. With ample moisture to tap into, strong wind shear and 1000-2000 J/kg of CAPE (energy), all modes of severe weather are on the table with this system: damaging winds up to 70 mph, quarter to golf ball size hail and strong, long-track tornadoes. Plus, frequent cloud to ground lightning and heavy rain that could lead to flooding.
As you prepare for this weather threat, remember to stay calm. With proper planning, you’ll have a better chance to ride out the storm safely.
With that said-
Make plans now to have a sturdy shelter to go to. Basement or lowest level/center of house away from windows. Do not stay in a mobile home. If you must go to a sturdier location (hotel, friends/neighbors house, community storm shelter), be sure to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing.
Also have a safety kit handy. Flashlight, battery powered radio, spare batteries, non-perishable food, fresh water, change of clothing. Save contact numbers/info of family and friends in case you get separated during the storm. Make sure you have a way to receive the latest weather updates like a phone app, laptop or weather radio.
-Chief Meteorologist Miller Robson
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