STATE COLLEGE, PA May 28, 2004 AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned that a major severe weather outbreak, including tornados, may affect a large area of the United States over the Memorial Day Weekend.
AccuWeather.com expects the areas hardest hit to include:
Saturday The Dakotas southward to Texas, with areas at highest risk including eastern sections of Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas, Missouri and northwest Minnesota
Sunday Much of the Midwest, western Great Lakes, and western Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.
Monday Severe weather is expected to be less active than on Saturday and Sunday, but severe storms may occur in the northern Gulf Coast states to Ohio and Tennessee Valleys and into the mid-Atlantic states.
The severe weather will be caused by a strong storm system that will track into the northern Plains and drag a powerful cold front from the Plains eastward as the weekend progresses. AccuWeather.com meteorologists are especially concerned about a prime setup for tornados on Saturday and Sunday.
"There will be strong low-level winds from the south bringing a lot of moist, unstable air up from the Gulf of Mexico, with strong mid-level winds blowing from the west," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Joe Lundberg. "This is a classic setup for a tornado outbreak and these storms may be a big breaking news story during the weekend."
Residents of the aforementioned areas are urged to stay tuned to their local AccuWeather media outlet or go to www.accuweather.com for the latest information.
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