Severe Weather in Central US, Multi-Day Rounds of Storms and Flood Threat

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Severe weather over parts of the West and Central US could spawn tornadoes, separate rounds of thunderstorms will span the lower 48 over multiple days, bringing a significant chance of flooding. The 3-day forecast.

NWS weather alerts for Wednesday

The risk of flooding and excessive temperatures are the biggest weather threats for Wednesday. Here are the latest alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Flash flood warning: southeastern West Virginia; eastern Kentucky; southwestern Virginia.

Flood watch: southern Utah; Arizona; southwestern Colorado; eastern, northern and central New Mexico; southern Indiana; southern Ohio; central and eastern Kentucky; central and southern West Virginia; western Virginia; eastern Tennessee.

Flood advisory: central Indiana; central and eastern Kentucky; southeast West Virginia; western Virginia.

Excessive heat warning: central and eastern Washington; northern Idaho; northwestern, north-central, northeastern, and southwestern Oregon; northern California; eastern Oklahoma; Northwestern Arkansas.

Heat advisory for portions of: Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Severe weather risk for parts of West, Midwest

A day after a tornado was confirmed near the Colorado-Kansas state line, a Level 2 severe weather risk was issued for parts of the West and Midwest on Wednesday by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). The most significant threat will be damaging winds, with a lower threat of large hail and tornadoes. The areas under alert are southeastern Wyoming, northeastern Colorado, western and southwestern Nebraska, and northwestern Kansas.

The 3-day forecast: Multiple rounds of thunderstorms, heavy rain and potential flooding

Multiple rounds of thunderstorms will span the Lower 48 this week, bringing heavy rain that will continue to expand the risk of flooding as we move toward the weekend. Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms, heavy rain with potential flash flooding, severe weather

A severe weather risk for parts of the West and Midwest (see above). Scattered thunderstorms will span most of the Lower 48 with the exception of the Northwest and northern parts of the West.

Heavy rain with potential flash flooding for portions of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina.

Thursday: Scattered thunderstorms, heavy rain and flood risk expands

Thunderstorms will span from California to Maine, with the driest areas being parts of the Northwest, upper Midwest, and a strip of South.

Heavy rain with potential flash flooding will impact parts of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

Friday: Thunderstorms, flood threat from Southwest to mid-Atlantic

Thunderstorms will span from California to Maine for a second straight day, however, much of the northern part of the nation’s interior will be dry including the Northwest, upper Midwest, and Great Lakes area.

Heavy rain with potential flash flooding over portions of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.