October 14, 2012
The same storm system which brought strong storms to the Plains on Saturday will once again produce another round of severe weather as the weekend comes to a close.
Gusty winds from these storms will have the potential to cause damage from the Midwest southward through the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys today.
Along with the damaging winds, some of the strongest storms will be capable of producing flooding downpours and frequent lightning.
Echoing the movement of the storm, winds will blow from the south-southwest, gusting at times to 30 or 40 mph. However, some locally strong wind gusts could exceed 50 to 60 mph. Winds of this magnitude can lead to damage of trees and power lines.
On the northern side of the system, heavy and soaking rain is expected to continue from Iowa to Maine. Especially in low lying and poor drainage areas, this region may be susceptible to localized flooding.
Despite the ominous weather expected west of the Appalachians today, not everywhere in the East is expected to have a rain-soaked day.
Ahead of the cold front, warm air will be moving into the mid-Atlantic from the south. Sheltered by the area meteorologists call the “warm sector” of the storm, the mid-Atlantic, Carolinas and Georgia will get one more dry and pleasant day before unsettled weather arrives for the start of the new workweek.
This system has already impacted much of the country so far, including locations from California to the central Plains.
On Saturday, the warm front brought drenching rain from the northern Plains to the Midwest. Meanwhile, the cold front associated with the storm triggered strong storms across the southern Plains.
Also on Saturday, these storms brought damaging winds of up to 70 mph, 1-inch diameter hail and even a few isolated tornadoes. Along with dangerous lightning, many of the storms produced heavy downpours which resulted in some flash and urban flooding.