New Year’s Day Severe Storms Threat

A major storm system will take shape across the country’s heartland, and effects will be felt as far east as the Carolinas. While parts of the Midwest will see snow, it’s not expected to be a major snowstorm, although some locations could see up to 10″. However, a cold front will push our way on New Year’s Day, and with warm and humid conditions already set in place, could spell another threat for severe storms.

Below is the GFS forecast for Friday, January 1st. A major storm system will be in the weather headlines, with moisture and instability spreading our way. Highs on New Year’s Day could reach 70 degrees!

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With the instability and energy heading our way, the SPC has already outlined a severe weather threat for the Carolinas. Below is the graphic showing what we can expect, for now, on the 1st. See the legend below the map for what you can expect in your outlined area.

AREA A: This is the area that the SPC has outlined for severe storms. Most likely these will be thunderstorms with wind damage, however a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out. This is basically a “heads up” area for now, since the forecast will change as we get closer and know more. It is rare that the SPC issues outlooks this early, so attention should be given to this potential outbreak.
AREA B: This is expected to be all rain, with gusty winds that accompany the rain off-and-on. Overall it’s looking like a rainy but warm day, and breezy. However, we will have to watch around Area A to see if it gets expanded into Area B.

Details are still yet to be worked out, but anyone in Area A should monitor the forecast this week to see if it persists. This is just a heads up for now.

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Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!