Severe Risk in State Thursday


Wednesday, April 2nd 2008, 11:52 am
By: News 9


Dense fog will continue through Noon for much of the state Thursday, with light drizzle and visibilities down to a quarter-mile or less at times. 

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop late Thursday afternoon and overnight along the I-44 area and southeast.  Some of these storms will likely become severe, with the risk for large hail, damaging winds, and flooding.  There is also a risk for isolated tornadoes across far southeast Oklahoma tonight.   

As several upper level disturbances track through the Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley region through Friday, there will be the potential not only for severe weather, but also for heavy rainfall and more flooding in a region still dealing with previous flooding problems.  Several inches of rain are expected in the Flood Watch locations, with up to six inches locally.  This next heavy rain event will exacerbate ongoing flooding in the region, leading to flash flooding conditions for the next several days. 

The rain will move into the Southeast U.S. Saturday, bringing more beneficial rains to a region still fighting to recover from drought.

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