–Strong and gusty winds are expected for the next 48 hours
–Strong to severe storms are possible Saturday
–More rain returns for next week, possibly with thunder
Outside of storms, wind will be quite gusty over the next 48 hours. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect from midnight tonight through Saturday. Be prepared for power outages from these winds.
Strong to severe storms could threaten the plateau on Saturday afternoon. The main timeframe for appears to be from 2:00-6:00 pm. That could change, of course, so stay tuned. Straight-line, damaging winds will be the main threat. Winds aloft are impressive. Any storm that can push those winds to the surface will have the potential to produce wind damage, as winds could gust to 70 mph in those instances.
Make sure you have multiple ways to get watches and warnings. If electricity goes out before storms get here, from gusty winds ahead of the line, you may not be able to rely on electric powered devices to get warnings, should they be issued.
We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today and breezy conditions. I can’t rule out an isolated shower.
Tonight, winds will increase under mostly cloudy skies. Some of those winds could gust to 40, maybe 50 mph. Be prepared for power outages.
On Saturday, a line of strong to severe storms will cross the plateau in the afternoon. The main threat will be damaging straight-line winds. If this line can bring down the winds that will be roaring overhead tomorrow, we could see gusts inside storms hit 70 mph. That, too, could create power outages.
Sunday is looking good, before we start clouding up and readying for our next rain and storm maker. That system could end as some wintry precip on Thursday, but it’s far too early to know how much of an impact we can expect from that (if any). I think the bigger news will be the return to winter.
Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast
The largest snow on record fell on the Southeast Coastline on this day in 1800. Half a foot of snow fell on Savannah, Georgia, while ten inches blanketed Charleston, South Carolina!
On this day in 1911 the temperature behind a cold front plunged 47 degrees in 15 minutes in Rapid City, South Dakota. Brrrrr.
The astronauts on the International Space Station enjoyed a heavenly view of a crescent moon on January 1, 2020. This picture was taken over the country of Algeria, located in northern Africa.
Wx Hazards Across the Nation
My MASTER science class for kids is almost full! Be sure and get registered if you’d like your child to attend. Recommended age is 8-12 but that’s not enforced. The class meets at Roane State on January 23rd at 4:30 and last about an hour. Class is free. This month’s topic will be based on the material I learn at my NASA Social next week. That NASA Social will focus on winter storm research using planes (like hurricane hunters) off the East Coast. Get signed up today!
You all have a great day!