Severe Weather Spans nearly the Entire Nation with More Storms Ahead

Strong storms will be the pattern over the next several days, bringing heavy rain, the threat of flooding and a risk of severe weather across the country, and heat alerts in the East. Today’s weather, warnings and 3-day forecast.

NWS weather alerts for Thursday

Here are the latest weather alerts by the National Weather Service (NWS) for Thursday:

Flood watch: central and eastern Montana, eastern Iowa, northwestern Illinois and northeastern Missouri.

Excessive heat warning for portions of: Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Northern Arizona.

Heat advisory for portions of: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.

The 3-day forecast

Scattered thunderstorms powered by significant heat will fire up severe weather in many locations over the next three days, as well as bring heavy rain with the potential of flash flooding in many areas. Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Thursday: Severe weather and flooding risk from Idaho to the Atlantic

Thunderstorms will span much of the nation, with two large severe weather fronts, west and east, both with a Level 2 severe weather risk, according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

In the West, a severe weather risk for most of Montana, southwestern North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota. Damaging winds and hail are the greatest threats, the chance of tornadoes is low.

In the East, a severe weather risk over northeastern Kansas, central and eastern Missouri; southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, western and southern Kentucky, most of Tennessee, northeastern Alabama, northern and eastern Georgia, most of the Carolinas, and southern and southeastern Virginia. Damaging winds and hail are the greatest threats, while the chance of tornadoes is low.

Heavy rain with the potential of flash flooding over a widespread area from Montana to the Atlantic including portions of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. A flood watch is in place for several areas, see NWS alerts above.

Heat warnings for the southern Plains, South and Southwest, see NWS alerts above.

Friday: 2 severe weather fronts, widespread flooding threat

Scattered thunderstorms over a good chunk of the northern Rockies, central US and East will bring a continued threat of severe weather over most of Montana in the West, while in the East, the severe weather risk is over southern Illinois, southern Ohio, western West Virginia, into northern, central and eastern Kentucky, according to the SPC.

Heavy rain with the potential of flash flooding over parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Saturday: Continued severe weather and flooding risk

Scattered thunderstorms over the northern Rockies, upper Midwest, Southwest, Ohio Valley, South and Southeast.

A threat of severe weather will stretch from the eastern half of Montana, all of North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and northern South Dakota.

flash flooding threat over the eastern regions of the Carolinas.