(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 concern is centered around Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where there is a moderate risk of severe weather Wednesday. “Moderate” is the second highest risk category, and the NWS says it is the first time the region has seen such a high risk of dangerous storms 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 spot when it’s dark outside, and people sleeping are more likely to miss warnings – both of which make nighttime tornadoes particularly dangerous.
Visibility of Wednesday night’s storm threat lies further north than in areas devastated by bad weather late at night last week. Tornadoes tore through Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky on 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.”
The NWS said on Twitter: “Dangerous, life-threatening fire weather conditions may occur with rapid and uncontrolled spread due to extreme winds and dry conditions,” the NWS said on its website. 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.
https://kfor.com/news/two-never-before-seen-forecasts-including-after-dark-tornado-risk-issued-by-nws/ Two ‘unprecedented’ forecasts, including after-dark tornado risk, released by the NWS