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Severe Weather Possible Thanksgiving Week

Originally Published Nov 18, 2011, 8:33pm (Updated Nov 28, 2011, 9:07pm)
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State College, Pa. -- 18 November 2011 -- AccuWeather reports early indications are another round of severe thunderstorms is possible in the South during the first part of Thanksgiving week.

In an eerily similar-looking weather pattern compared to this past week, a storm will drop south of Southern California and swing into northern Mexico over the weekend. In some cases, the timing of the thunderstorms produced may almost be exactly one week after damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes toured the South.

Depending on the strength and track of the storm system emerging from northern Mexico, severe weather may be triggered in portions of Texas and Oklahoma Monday.

Tuesday, as the storm moves along and warm, humid air flows northward from the Gulf of Mexico, thunderstorms may fire over the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys.

Before the storm exits the East Coast, thunderstorms could affect the southern Atlantic Seaboard Tuesday night into Wednesday.

At this very early stage, the area of concern is bounded by the I-10 to the I-40 corridors, beginning in Texas and Oklahoma, then eastward to North Carolina and Florida.

The details of the nature of the thunderstorms, including their severity, will unfold this weekend.

According to Southern Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski, "We will have to see how the atmosphere is stacked early next week as to whether it will be a tornado outbreak, straight-line winds, or just run-of-the-mill thunderstorms."

"If the storm emerges farther north in Texas, it would mean any severe weather could extend farther north than last week's event," Kottlowski added.

People should monitor the situation, even though they may be busy preparing for the upcoming holiday travel and meal.

By Alex Sosnowski, Senior Expert Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

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