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Severe storms as February ends, March begins

28 February, 2017, 18:28 | Author: Mae Harvey

Tornadoes, large hail, flash flooding and damaging thunderstorm winds increase in likelihood each spring across our region. Spotty storms are possible in the afternoon but a better chance exists from 9 PM to 4 AM with storms more widespread.

The time frame of concern will be the afternoon and early evening hours as we enter the prime heating of the day.

Of course, cold air will follow behind this storm on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center has SC under a risk for severe weather. It's model data, so exact timing will change, but you can see the idea of an approaching line of gusty showers and thunderstorms moving into the metro.

Folks across eastern parts of the country will want to keep a close eye on the forecast as severe thunderstorms take aim at the region.

WEDNESDAY BEFORE SUNRISE: A line of storms will move from west to east that will be capable of producing severe winds in excess of 60mph. South of I-70, there is a possibility of strong tornadoes, winds in excess of 75MPH, and very large hail. The sky will be partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and storms. It will be warm and windy with high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s, possibly breaking the record high in Columbia of 75 from 1972.

The National Weather Service calls for 20 percent chance of storms Monday night and 30 percent chance of storms Tuesday. Those counties saw up to a half inch. The temperature also reached 72 degrees on February 16 in 1954.

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