Few storms possible during predawn hours on Wednesday

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC), in Norman, Oklahoma, has most of Central Illinois in a "Slight Risk" for severe weather.

The National Weather Service projects lower temperaturesr for Baltimore during the next few days, though the weather will still be warmer than usual.

The storms will be capable of damaging large trees, power lines and buildings, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. At this time, damaging winds look like the main threat. Do not forget to stay weather aware!

The risk assessments are predicted "within 25 miles of a point" within the affected areas, according to the NWS.

The primary round of severe weather holds off until this evening, when the actual cold front tracks through Mid-Missouri.

The high will be near 69 Wednesday, and rain chances will diminish into the night, to around 30 percent chance before midnight.

An area of low pressure is still building to our west and that will keep rain chances in the forecast for Tuesday. While today's forecast does not call for the storms to be as severe as Wednesday's, small hail, wind gusts and downpours are possible, according to the weather service.

While this will be far from a severe weather outbreak, you'll want to monitor the weather closely Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Forecasters say a large part of the central United States faces an increased risk for significant tornadoes, including some overnight, in a late-winter storm system. It's model data, so exact timing will change, but you can see the idea of an approaching line of gusty showers and thunderstorms moving into the metro.

It will feel more like January or February for Thursday and Friday, with highs in the mid-30s and low 40s.

Download our First Alert Thundercall, The Call Before The Storm, so that if anything does occur while you are sleeping, we will let you know. There is no question that the background atmosphere (wind energy, instability, etc.) will be very favorable for severe weather late Tuesday afternoon into tonight if there is something strong enough to trigger it off.

  • Larry Hoffman