Tornadoes, Severe Weather to the West

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By Quincy Vagell on January 29, 2013, 2:30pm Last modified: January 29, 2013, 3:33pm

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Thunderstorm outlook, in effect for January 29th, 2013.

Severe and even tornadic thunderstorms are developing across the lower Plains and Mississippi Valley today. These thunderstorms are moving along a strong cold front that is moving from west to east across the area.

Many Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Watches were posted as of Tuesday afternoon.

(Red boxes indicate Tornado Watches and blue indicate Severe Thunderstorm Watches)

A strong cold front is combining with strong upper level winds and warm, moist air near the surface to promote thunderstorm development. In fact, winds aloft are very strong, with a 130+ knot jetmax projected across the lower Great Lakes later today. In addition to strong wind speeds and shear aloft, a juicy slug of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is being drawn northward. Dew-points are in the low to mid-60's across much of the area, fueling instability to the atmosphere.

The entire area of thunderstorms is expected to move east tonight and into the Eastern Seaboard for the day on Wednesday.

Stay tuned to WXedge.com for the latest discussions and forecasts.

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