Parts of Central and Northern Utah have been placed under a ‘marginal’ risk for severe thunderstorms today.
What does that mean?
It’s the lowest threat level issued from the Storm Prediction Center who forecasts for severe weather across the entire U.S. To break it down, isolated severe storms are possible with most wind gusts lining up between 40-60 mph.
Some hail is possible to the size of 1” (hail the size of a quarter) but more likely to be smaller, while the risk of a tornado is low. However, the main threats that will come from today’s storms will be lightning and heavy rain.
Our severe threat will be heavily weighted by how warm we get. If we do realize a break in the clouds through the afternoon and temperatures warm well into the mid to upper 60s, then more widespread severe storms are possible.
Areas of #Utah upgraded to a ‘MARGINAL’ risk for severe storms later 2day. @weathercaster will track them on @abc4utah 4P @ReedTimmerAccu pic.twitter.com/HY7RJiAxbA— Devon Lucie (@ABC4Devon) April 18, 2017
When is this happening?
According to much of the information today, the line of thunderstorms is possible after 3 p.m. and likeliest between the hours of 4 p.m. – 8 p.m..
Stay with ABC4 for all the latest on the storm potential as chief meteorologist Dan Pope tracks these storms on ABC4 Utah News at 4, 5, and 6.