Blizzard and Tornadoes…Must Be Spring!

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As winter retreats and spring takes a stronger hold on most of the nation, the collision of air masses frequently results in spectacular storms. A strong low pressure storm system located in central Kansas Thursday afternoon is forecast to lift northeast toward Iowa Thursday night. The storm is expected to track into the Great Lakes region Friday. Cold air on the north side of the strengthening storm will combine with strong winds to produce heavy snow and blizzard conditions across much of eastern South Dakota. On the south side of the storm, warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico is combining with dry air coming out of west Texas and the cold, polar air moving south from the blizzard to produce severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes. Seven tornadoes were reported across Texas on Wednesday and another twister was spotted in Douglas County Missouri Thursday afternoon.

This system will sweep east with a chance of showers or thunderstorms here in Maryland Friday night and Saturday morning. Cooler than normal air will be swept back into Maryland as the storm departs Sunday and Monday.

Tom Tasselmyer

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