>> Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Please watch today's video... I give you lots of graphics to go along with the discussion about our powerful system swinging in today....
A dynamic storm system is sweeping into our region today. Ahead of it, all kinds of warmth has arrived with daybreak temps today in the 60s in many places. Highs will top 70 again in a number of spots.
Showers are breaking out this morning in the mountains and foothills, and those will continue to develop into the piedmont today. The main line of rain and storms stretched from KY through middle TN into NW AL, MS, and LA at 5:30am, the time of this typing.
For north GA and the Carolinas, we will have to keep an eye on any of these discrete cells that develop today. Good shear values are already in place, and with the help of even a little instability, a few severe cells will be possible with wind damage and isolated tornado potential.
The main line of rain and storms sweeps through the piedmont this evening. I expect lots of wind with that line as well as an embedded tornado potential. Especially keep an eye on any LEWPs or bows.
Overall, it will be a windy day with piedmont sustained winds in the 15-30mph range and gusts over 40mph. Rain and storms will mix even higher winds aloft down to the surface.
Much colder air returns tonight, and we will have chilly weather with us right into early next week.
Please have a reliable way of hearing watches and warnings today and tonight as they are needed. And of course, we will keep you completely up to date on News 14 Carolina on television.