The same storm system that brought the first severe weather outbreak of the season to the Deep South and Mississippi Valley on Tuesday will bring more nasty storms today into tonight.
Violent storms are expected to rumble toward the Eastern Seaboard today as a cold front races eastward. Many of these storms will be capable of producing damaging winds and hail. There could even be a few tornadoes.
A squall line of severe thunderstorms toppled trees and power lines from Texas to Indiana on Tuesday. A few tornadoes were even reported and several people were injured.
This squall line will continue to progress eastward through Wednesday, reaching the East Coast later in the evening. Winds can gust up to 70 mph in the strongest storms.
Although the day will start out springlike across the Southeast, conditions will deteriorate rapidly as storms move in from the west. In the wake of the storms, much chillier air will pour south and eastward.
While the severe threat is not expected to be as widespread as Tuesday, it still has the potential to cause problems. In addition to the high winds, torrential downpours can cause localized flooding.
Airline flights will no doubt be delayed in many places, including major hubs such as Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington, D.C.
Damaging winds could stretch as far north as the Mason-Dixon Line. The severe threat should wane by late evening as most of the storms move into the Atlantic.
While a severe weather outbreak of this scope isn't unprecedented this early in the year, it certainly isn't the norm. Looking forward, a return to chilly, wintry conditions is anticipated to close the week.
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