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Southern High Plains, Mid-Atlantic At Risk For Storms

9 PM EDT, September 27, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A stagnant weather pattern will bring severe weather back to some places that were rumbled on Wednesday and this morning, the Southern Plains and the Mid-Atlantic.

Across the southern High Plains, the storms are due to an upper-level low spinning across northern Colorado. Warm and humid air is sliding northwestward toward the low, and will be lifted over the hilly terrain to fire off some autumn thunderstorms.

Storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts as high as 70 mph, as well as hail larger than golf balls as they swing through eastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. The cities of Pueblo, Colo., Liberal, Kan., Woodward, Okla., and Amarillo, Texas, are all included.

This area is already storm-hardy after a line of thunderstorms raged through on Wednesday. Golf ball sized hail covered the ground in Stratton, Colo., while one person was injured when their tractor-trailer blew over in Slaton, Texas. Winds were measured at 80 mph in Crowder, Okla.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for southeastern Colorado, and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.

Meanwhile, a cold front draped across the East is allowing a disturbance to slowly drift into the Mid-Atlantic. Feeding off an unseasonably warm air mass, the disturbance is likely to kick off a few afternoon and evening thunderstorms as it crosses the Appalachians and moves toward Baltimore and Washington. The greatest threat with any of these storms will be gusty winds, although a few hailstones could also plunk the ground.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Unfortunately, the same weather pattern that will help to produce today`s severe weather will remain in place on Friday as well. This means that another round of storms could affect the same areas once again to end the work week. Luckily, improvement is expected by the start of the weekend.

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