Good Wednesday morning to everyone, abnormally warm weather continues across the Western Carolinas and the Southeast US. Now a storm system is moving into the region and could interact with the warm moist air mass to produce a severe weather episode.
The Storm Prediction Center day one outlook features an enhanced risk of severe weather across parts of the Midsouth region. The marginal and slight risk extends further east into the Carolinas. The updated outlook late this morning now places the mountains and Blue Ridge under the slight risk (Level 2 of 5)
Damaging winds appear to be the largest threat of any severe weather mode that may impact the Western Carolinas over the next 24 hours. However we will to be on the lookout as there is also a non-zero risk of tornadoes.
The video loop below is from the HRRR model starting tonight at 7 PM and extending through the morning hours of Thursday. An organized cluster severe thunderstorms will be ongoing across a Tennessee Valley at sunset tonight and will continue east towards the Southern Appalachians. Any risk of severe weather here in the foothills would be late this evening or after midnight.
The severe weather risk should lessen going into Thursday morning but general thunderstorms are likely to continue due to a stalled out frontal boundary over the region.
Be Weather Aware over the next 24 hours as we are dealing with this unusually warm air mass and the potential of severe weather. If you haven’t already make sure and download the Foothills Weather App for the latest information on your mobile device!