An already busy severe weather season is about to ramp up again. Rounds of severe weather, including tornadoes, have been negatively impacting portions of the Southern states and the middle part of the nation since Jan. 12. As of March 27, there have been 2,304 preliminary reports of severe weather, of which there have been 296 preliminary reports of tornadoes, according to the SPC. The number of tornadoes thus far in 2023 is nearly double the recent three-year average.
Friday will be the prime day for severe weather and is likely to encompass more than a dozen states in the middle of the nation. The current risk extends from central Texas northward by nearly 1,000 miles to southern Wisconsin.
On Friday, all modes of severe weather will be possible, ranging from large hail and tornadoes to strong wind gusts, frequent lightning strikes and flash flooding.
“This severe weather outbreak will bring a widespread threat of damaging winds and is highly likely to produce a number of tornadoes,” AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.
With the severe weather setup late this week, the risk of tornadoes is expected to ramp up during the afternoon hours on Friday, but the risk will extend into Friday night in some locations. Darkness was a key factor in the loss of life during the Rolling Fork tornado.
Strong Winds and Snow Behind The Severe Thunderstorm Threat
Powerful winds associated with the storm’s cold front could knock down trees and power lines. Thunderstorms can stir strong wind gusts as the front approaches and high winds will also persist after the front has pushed through the region.
Originally appeared at https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/over-65-million-people-in-central-us-at-risk-of-severe-weather-outbreak/1504845