Friday, January 8, 2016

No Rest For Storm Tossed Gulf Coast; New England Comes Later

Dark green and especially yellow and orange
areas are at risk for severe thunderstorms later
today, tonight into early Saturday.
We said last fall the Gulf Coast would potentially be in for a stormy, volatile winter, and that's certainly proving true

Once again, later this afternoon, tonight into early Saturday, there's a chance of severe weather in northeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana.

Big hailstones are the greatest risk, but there might be a tornado or two along coastal Louisiana and Texas.

It doesn't look as bad or as widespread as the Christmas week tornadoes in Texas that killed 11 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,200 homes.

But any threat of severe weather is worth keeping an eye out for.

The storm that could produce the severe weather later today is very likely going to evolve into a strong storm that'll move northeastward through the eastern Great Lakes.

Since it will be so powerful, the storm is probably going to produce quite strong winds by Sunday over the Northeast, especially in parts of New England.

Gusts along the coast, and perhaps along some of the western slopes of some of New England's mountains, could reach 70 mph.

There's already a high wind watch for the western slopes of Vermont's Green Mountains on Sunday, as winds could gust to 65 mph or even a tad higher in spots.

It'll be warm enough so that most of the precipitation with this storm will come down as rain in New England, which is more bad news for the ski industry.

Colder weather will return after the storm, and several systems could bring periods of snow to northern New England much of next week.

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