Severe Storms Sunday
TORNADOES, DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAIL ALL POSSIBLE
The entire WLTZ viewing area has an enhanced (3/5) risk for severe weather on Sunday. All modes of severe weather are possible through the day, with some modes being more likely at certain times than others. Here’s a rough timeline of what to expect.
6 AM – Noon: Several “elevated” (not rooted at the surface) thunderstorms will move through with the passage of the warm front. A few of these storms may be severe with large hail the main threat. Hail could reach the size of golfballs or larger. The threat for tornadoes and damaging winds with these storms is pretty much nil, however, if the warm front moves far enough north and storms can develop south of the boundary, a small risk for tornadoes and damaging winds will be possible.
Noon – 9 PM: The risk of severe weather becomes more isolated, but the types of severe weather will be more dangerous. Isolated supercell thunderstorms are expected to form. Where they do, there will be a risk for tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail. A couple of tornadoes may be on the stronger side in the afternoon and evening hours, especially near and just south of where the warm frontal boundary sets up. It’s a double-edged sword during this time: the chances are more “iffy” and isolated, but if they develop, the severe weather may be significant.
9 PM – 2 AM Monday: A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to develop just ahead of the cold front and move eastward. The line will be similar in form to the one that moved through the area last Sunday night; however, winds aloft will not be as strong, limiting both the damaging wind threat and the strength of any tornadoes that may spin up on the line. Large hail cannot be ruled out but will be a minor threat with this line of storms.
As always, we’ll keep you updated here at WLTZ First News with the latest information to keep you and your family safe! We will also break in on air for any tornado warnings in our viewing area and also if significant severe weather (giant hail or destructive winds) is expected or occurring.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker