Massive Severe Weather Outbreak as Tens of Thousands Without Power

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Severe weather has left tens of thousands without power in several states overnight, as a more massive severe weather outbreak will extend over the Ohio Valley, south, and southeast today; plus more of today’s weather news and forecast.

Massive severe weather outbreak will affect 15 states

A cold front which has already dropped temperatures by some 20-30 degrees in the northern US will make its way into the Ohio Valley and the south today, where the clash of cool and warm air fronts will make the perfect recipe for severe weather.

As nearly half the nation will experience thunderstorms today, a massive area of severe weather will encompass at least 15 states and potentially more. The threats include heavy rain, damaging winds, large-scale and isolated tornadoes.

Severe weather will break out on two fronts: The largest is over the Ohio Valley, south, and southeast. A secondary severe weather front will occur over south-central and southeast texas.

The states under severe weather watches and warnings as issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) include: Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.

Severe weather overnight leaves tens of thousands without power

Severe weather overnight, which included tornadoes as confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS), has left tens of thousands without power in several states amid widespread damage.

At least 61,000 people in western Pennsylvania were without power. Over 80,000 people were without power in Ohio.

Spring snowstorm for northeast on Thursday

A large area of mixed precipitation will span across the northern tier of the country from Minnesota to Maine on Thursday, resulting in particularly heavy snowfall for northern New Hampshire and the entire state of Maine, which could see a range between 2-16 inches.

Bangor is anticipating 8-12 inches, and in some areas, north of between 10-16 inches.

Today’s US highs

West: San Francisco 60, Los Angeles 60, Reno 65, Las Vegas 69, Salt Lake City 70, Denver 69.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 61, Portland 76, Boise 66, Billings 53, Bismarck 42, Rapid City 51.

Southwest: Phoenix 81, Albuquerque 75, El Paso 81, San Antonio 91, Brownsville 92.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 88, Dallas 96, Oklahoma City 88, Kansas City 83, Minneapolis 54.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 65, St. Louis 86, Detroit 68, Cincinnati 79.

South: Houston 91, New Orleans 87, Memphis 86, Atlanta 81, Charlotte 86, Jacksonville 88, Tampa 86, Miami 87.

East: Norfolk 84, Washington, D.C. 79, Buffalo 49, New York 65, Boston 50, Bangor 40.