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Wednesday Weather Forecast Blog-Joey Sulipeck

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Scattered showers and storms tonight, and a "slight risk" zone for us. Tomorrow, that gets upgraded to "moderate risk."

So what does that mean?

A "slight risk" zone means well-organized severe thunderstorms are expected, but will be limited in coverage. Scattered about. This also means there's just a "small" chance of a more significant event. Sort of a "keep your eyes and ears open, be safe, but this should be okay".

A "moderate risk" zone means we amp it up just a bit. We expect a greater concentration of severe thunderstorms (more widespread) and more chances for stronger storms. We also bump up our chances for a more significant event. Primary threats here are intense squall lines, damaging winds, hail, and supercell development. Isolated tornadoes are also possible.

Tomorrow's "moderate risk" event looks like it should get a bet more active in the early afternoon. (Now, I'm discussing pop-up rambling storms covering roughly 25 counties; pinpointing what street/when is a bit difficult this early). I expect we'll likely have a thunderstorm and/or tornado watch crawl on your TV's by early afternoon, and with daytime heating (temps in the upper 70's) storms will likely begin firing up and getting more intense.

I expect storms to be a little active tomorrow. That likely means some interruptions (on every channel) during afternoon and evening shows.

I know people hate missing their shows, but we take keeping you safe very seriously. I'll accept some angry phone calls and posts if the payoff is someone is taken care of. Every time.

Now, after saying all that, let me say this:

Don't worry! Don't scare the kids. Don't have a panic attack, or suffer from anxiety. We've got you. Just stay aware, informed, and make smart decisions.

If we tell you there's a tornado warning for your area, and your house is inside that red polygon, turn up the tv.....take the laptop....check your Twitter feed....and we'll keep you up to speed on what's happening. Then we'll give you the all clear once it's passed.

(Here's my opening to tell you this: if you're not a Twitter user, I think it's the VERY BEST WAY POSSIBLE to stay up to speed on storms when they happen. Instead of flipping stations (keep it on FOX13, please), you can just swipe your finger and get immediate storm info from your favorite source. We're all on there. Check out Twitter - and if you do, search for me: @joeysulipeck.

Okay! Enjoy some classic Springtime weather! As always, my prayers will be going out that we'll be as safe as possible. And that definitely includes you.

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