Friday, February 24, 2012

"There's a storm front coming..."
- From the 1989 album Storm Front by Billy Joel (Youtube music video)

Current WSI Intellicast Radar Loops

5:20 PM EST 2/24/12 | Tornado Watches remain in effect for two regions: Watch # 38 for Southern/southeastern Maryland, central/eastern North Carolina, northeastern South Carolina, and central/eastern Virginia.
Watch # 37 is for southern South Carolina, southern Georgia and portions of northern Florida.
  • Both watches are in effect until 8PM. Destructive winds over 65 mph, small hail, and tornadoes will be possible in the stronger storms. 
  • Stay tuned to the NWS for any warnings that may be issued, remain alert for changing conditions, and seek shelter immediately if you suspect severe weather in your area. Forecasters Jason M., Mr. Foot)

11:25 AM EST 2/24/12 
TORNADO WATCHES IN THE MID-ATLANTIC... Large portions of the Southeast and the southern Mid-Atlantic are under a Tornado Watch until this afternoon or evening. The regional roundup at present:
  • Mid-Atlantic: Areas include central and southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia are under Tornado Watch # 36 until 4:00 PM.  
  • Southeast: Tornado Watch # 35 until 4:00 PMwith warnings already issued in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Tennessee and Carolinas are next line.
  • What to do: If you suspect sky conditions are changing suddenly, seek shelter immediately. Don't wait for an alert, watch or warning to make it official that threatening weather is approaching your area.
ZONES AFFECTED You can visit our local team reports in affected zones such as Central Virginia, the Carolinas, East Tennessee, Metro Atlanta, Central Mississippi and Southern Georgia. 

9:40 AM EST 2/24/12 The risk of severe weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast this afternoon is increasing, specifically the Virginia Tidewater region (Facebook). Our latest Facebook reports are also reposted in our Severe Weather/Winter Storm section on this site.

Photo from a Maryland reader of a storm front in 2011
7:10 AM EST 2/24/12 Our Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Teams are tracking the movement of a strong cold front set to cross the Eastern U.S. today. The Low pressure associated with this system is also spawning Winter Storm Warnings for northern New York and northern New England, set to produce 6-10 inches of snow in those areas.
  • Our Central Maryland Team reports that for the Baltimore-Washington area,  "temperatures will be climbing near 70° and winds will begin howling at 20 mph with some higher gusts. After the cold front passes, winds will strengthen to around 30 mph sustained with gusts to 50 mph."
  • Our Metro Atlanta Team (on Facebook) reports that for the North Georgia area, "Once the line of thunderstorms rolls through, the winds will pick up (gusts to 35mph) and the temperatures will stay steady near 60 degrees (58-60). Windy conditions will continue Friday night with partly cloudy skies and temperatures near freezing (31-33)."
Tell us in the comments how weather is on the move in your area. Local and regional Facebook pages where you can track our reports include our Southeast page, and our Severe Weather pages for the SoutheastMid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley (Facebook links).    

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