Potential Risks: Damaging wind and a few tornadoes will be the main threats. Hail will also be a potential threat. Rainfall amounts look to be up to an inch with locally higher amounts.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of our area under an Enhanced Risk (threat level 3 out of 5) for severe weather this afternoon and evening.
Timing: Clusters of storms will likely begin to pop up near the lunchtime hours. We will need to watch carefully for rotating storms. A broken line of thunderstorms will move in from the during the mid to late evening hours. The main window of opportunity looks to be from around 1 PM to 11 PM for our area. The storms may develop a little earlier or later – so give or take an hour or so.
It will be MUCH nicer on New Year’s Day and this weekend.
How to Prepare: Be sure you have multiple ways to receive weather alerts this afternoon and evening. Secure any loose holiday and outdoor decor. Brush up on your severe weather safety plan – know where your safe place is and be sure it is ready for you, your family, and your pets. Know where to go if you will not be home.
You can always check out the Interactive Radar here.