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Heavy Thunderstorms, Flooding, Maybe Snow

April 29, 2013; 10:14 AM


This is going to be a busy week for the folks in the Midwest.

1. Heavy thunderstorms will hit the same areas of the Midwest today and tomorrow. While not a big outbreak, storms may produce damaging hail and strong winds. I don't think this is a big tornado situation, but I can see a few developing.

2. Speaking of tornadoes, this weekend, we reached the lowest number of tornadoes to date since 2005. The lowest year that I can find since 2000 is 2004 and we may break that by mid-May.

3. Snow may hit areas from Kansas to Wisconsin late Wednesday into Thursday. This is a very marginal situation that can go either way in regards to accumulating snow. The models are showing a lot of snow in a narrow band, but it is May and that has to be taken into account. Denver will certainly get 2-4 inches of snow by Wednesday, but that's due to upslope.

4. Areas of the Midwest and Mississippi Valley will get heavy rains this week. Some places may receive over 2 inches of rain which will only aggravate the flooding situation.

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