Tornado Watch Issued For Chicago As Bad Storm Expected To Hit Tonight

The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance for severe thunderstorms, tonight into Wednesday.

The main threat to some sections of Northeast Tennessee "will be widespread damaging straight-line winds", according to the NWS.

Safety officials also announced the statewide tornado test scheduled for February 28 has been postponed until March 3 at 10:07 AM because of the potential for severe weather.

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The severe weather risk remains ELEVATED for this afternoon into late tonight, with the potential for an upgrade to a MODERATE RISK.

THREATS: The primary issue will be strong, potentially damaging straight-line winds with a line of storms along the front. "Severe thunderstorms will be possible on Tuesday from Arkansas to the Ohio Valley ahead of the developing storm system over the central Plains". There is an enhanced risk of severe storms for southeast Missouri and southwestern IL, as well as far southwestern Kentucky on Tuesday and Tuesday night. Afternoon highs will warm into the mid 70s to the lower 80s across the area, with overnight lows in the mid to upper 60s. Areas that are circled in the highest risk area could see a few wind gusts of 75 miles per hour. We'll have a better look at the situation later today, but we believe that Wednesday will be a day to have your trusted sources of receiving severe weather alerts handy during the entire day. As we saw last weekend in Conway, MA severe storms... even tornadoes can occur in the winter months in New England. These storms will quickly become severe, with the greatest threats being hail, wind, and tornado.

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a proclamation proclaiming March 1-7 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky. Thursday is expected to be "breezy" and "mostly sunny, with a high near 50", forecasters said.

  • Alfonso Moody