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    Watch for Thanksgiving Severe Weather

    By By Alex Sosnowski Expert Senior Meteorologist
    November 24, 2010, 12:21:09 AM EST

    A dangerous severe weather outbreak may unfold Wednesday into early Thanksgiving Day over the middle and lower Mississippi Valley.

    Severe cold expanding in the Northwest will meet head-on with warmth lingering in the Southeast.

    The area from northeastern Texas to southern Illinois, southern Indiana and western Kentucky appear to be where the storms are mostly likely to fire up.

    As a strong cold front rolls through the lower Mississippi Valley it may lift the warm air in place violently, triggering severe thunderstorms, capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and perhaps a few tornadoes.


    Since the cold front will gather momentum, it may continue to drive the storms eastward through more of the Ohio, Tennessee and lower Mississippi valleys as a squall line through the overnight hours into Thanksgiving Day, potentially catching some people off guard.

    People living in, or traveling to, this area Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day are advised to keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions.

    The storms could be powerful enough to knock out electrical power and potentially disrupt Thanksgiving meal preparation and plans.

    More seriously, the storms could down trees and damage homes or other structures.

    Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity stated, "That while the secondary severe weather season typically wraps up during late November, people should not take this event lightly."

    Severe weather events during Thanksgiving week have proven to be deadly in recent years.

    Violent thunderstorms and tornadoes have killed over a dozen people in Mississippi alone since the early 1990s according to the NOAA.

    Margusity also pointed out the severe weather concern Wednesday into Thursday is being preceded by locally severe storms into this evening over part of the same area.

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