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Heavy snow in the Rockies, Fire weather threat in the Southwest, and Heavy rainfall threat for the weekend in the Southern Plains into the Ohio Valley

Heavy snow is expected in the northern and central Rockies. There is a critical to elevated fire risk across the Southwest. A few severe storms are expected from the Southeast States into the Great Lakes and portions of the Central Plains on Thursday. Heavy rainfall is forecast through the weekend with a threat for significant flooding for the Southern Plains into the Mississippi Valley Read More >

Tornado Watch #96 issued at 1705 UTC 4 March 2008
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 96
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1205 PM EST TUE MAR 4 2008
   
   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
   TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
   
          A LARGE PART OF GEORGIA
          PARTS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
          PARTS OF WESTERN SOUTH CAROLINA
          MUCH OF EASTERN TENNESSEE
   
   EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 1205 PM UNTIL
   700 PM EST.
   
   TORNADOES...HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
   GUSTS TO 80 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
   AREAS.
   
   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 55 MILES NORTH OF KNOXVILLE
   TENNESSEE TO 55 MILES SOUTH OF MACON GEORGIA.  FOR A COMPLETE
   DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
   (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).
   
   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
   
   OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 95...
   
   DISCUSSION...POWERFUL TROUGH AND JET MAX WILL BE ROTATING NEWD
   ACROSS SERN STATES THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING PROVIDING BOTH STRONG
   VERTICAL MOTION AND SHEAR PROFILES TO SUPPORT SEVERE STORMS.  STRONG
   COLD FRONT MID TN SWD WILL BE FOCUS FOR DEVELOPMENT WHICH WILL
   INCLUDE SUPERCELLS DURING THE AFTERNOON.  TORNADOES AND DAMAGING
   WINDS WILL BE A THREAT ALONG AND AHEAD OF DEVELOPING LINE OF STORMS
   AS THEY MOVE EWD ACROSS THE WATCH.
   
   AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
   SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
   WIND GUSTS TO 70 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
   500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24045.
   
   
   ...HALES