(NEXSTAR) – The National Weather Service is warning of “another historic weather day” on Wednesday. Organ offered two “unprecedented prospects” for hazardous weather in two different areas of the country.
The first area of interest is centered around Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where there is a moderate risk of severe weather on Wednesday. “Moderate” is the second highest risk category, and the NWS said it was the first time the region had seen such a high risk of dangerous hurricanes in December.
Forecasts include winds of up to 100 mph and the possibility of tornadoes.
What makes the forecast even more worrisome is that storms are expected to hit after dark, the NWS said. Tornadoes can be difficult to detect when it’s dark outside, and sleeping people are more likely to miss warnings – both of which make Tornadoes at night are especially dangerous.
The visibility of Wednesday night’s storm threat lies further north than in an area ravaged by extreme weather late last night. Tornadoes tore through Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky Friday night, killing at least 88 people.
The NWS forecasts the highest risk of tornadoes Wednesday night for Iowa, southern Minnesota, and the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. The possibility of smaller tornadoes is also forecast for areas of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin.
The second “never seen before” weather forecast released by the NWS concerns another type of weather threat: fire. In Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, southern Nebraska, and the Oklahoma and Texas shooters, fire risk ranges from “highly elevated” to “critically critical.”
“Dangerous, life-threatening fire weather conditions with the potential for rapid and uncontrolled fire spread due to strong wind and dry conditions,” the NWS said on Twitter.
This is the “first extreme fire weather forecast for the southern and central plains for December” in the history of the Hurricane Forecast Center, the agency said. ONE Wind gusts 107 mph was recorded in the town of Lamar, Eastern Colorado on Wednesday morning.
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