Heavy Rain, Hail, Fierce Winds, and Likely Tornadoes in Central US, South

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Parts of the central and southern US are forecast to see severe weather outbreaks that could bring flooding rains, large hail, damaging wind gusts, and likely isolated tornadoes on Wednesday and overnight.

Severe weather threat across parts of central and southern US

A large portion of the central US, South, Mid-South and southern Ohio Valley is expected to receive heavy downpours with potential of flash flooding, large hail, damaging wind gusts that could reach 80 mph, as well as the likelihood of several isolated tornadoes.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of the possibility of severe thunderstorms on Wednesday occurring over portions of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

Forecasters from AccuWeather are forecasting a more expensive area of potential severe weather, extending into Wednesday evening and overnight hours, which also includes parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

National weather overview for Wednesday

Northwest: Rain is forecast over parts of Oregon and Washington, and could extend into northern Idaho and western Montana, where high winds are expected.

West: Windy conditions in northern and southern California, particularly near the coastal areas. Potential rain over parts of southern Wyoming and northern Colorado. Critical fire weather as the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued red flag warnings for southeastern Colorado, where a high wind watch is also in effect, as well as warnings for northern, central and southeastern New Mexico.

Central US and Ohio Valley: Most of the Midwest and Ohio Valley is forecast to see a mix of rain and thunderstorms. Severe weather warnings are in effect for the southern areas.

South: Severe weather for some parts of the South, while rain and thunderstorms are forecast from Texas eastward to Georgia. Along the Mississippi River, there are flood advisories and warnings from Illinois stretching to Louisiana.

Southeast: Most of the southeast can expect dry and mostly sunny conditions.

Northeast: Most of the region will be dry, with a mix of sunshine and clouds. However, isolated thunderstorms are possible over parts of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

US weather forecast: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

West: San Francisco 55, windy; Los Angeles number seventy-seven, mostly sunny; Reno 66, partly cloudy; Las Vegas 86, mostly sunny; Salt Lake City 64, mostly sunny; Denver 65, partly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 48, rain; Medford 68, sunny; Boise 68, sunny; Cut Bank 62, windy; Billings 67, sunny; Minot 66, mostly sunny; Rapid City 57, cloudy.

Southwest: Phoenix 91, sunny; Albuquerque 72, sunny; El Paso 84, sunny; San Antonio 90, partly cloudy; Brownsville 88, windy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 78, sunny; Dallas 80, mostly sunny; Oklahoma City 65, windy; Kansas City 66, thunderstorms; Minneapolis 68, thunderstorms.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 77, partly cloudy; St. Louis 78, thunderstorms; Detroit 80, partly cloudy; Cincinnati 83, partly cloudy.

South: Houston 82, thunderstorms; New Orleans 80, thunderstorms; Memphis 80, thunderstorms; Atlanta 83, partly cloudy; Charlotte 88, mostly sunny; Jacksonville 84, mostly sunny; Tampa 85, sunny; Miami 78, mostly sunny.

East: Norfolk 79, mostly sunny; Washington, D.C. 80, mostly sunny; Buffalo 69, partly cloudy; New York City 70, rain; Boston 58, partly cloudy; Caribou 57, cloudy.