Weather blog: Unusual slight risk for severe weather in Southern Idaho

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Southern Idaho will brace for the potential threat of severe storms on Wednesday. All the ingredients are there for strong to severe storms Wednesday afternoon to produce gusty damaging winds and large hail of an inch in diameter or greater. Because the atmosphere on Wednesday could lead to these strong to severe thunderstorms, the Storm Prediction Center has southern and eastern Idaho in a slight risk for severe weather. This is unusual for Idaho as we don’t see these kinds of conditions that lead to these kinds of severe weather events. While the storms look to be scattered in nature and could miss some communities, everyone should prepare for a storm and it being possibly severe.

Some severe weather information you need to know:

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch could be issued and that means – SEVERE WEATHER IS POSSIBLE BUT NOT IMMENENT. In other words WATCH OUT, for possible storms.

If a storm forms and then becomes severe then a Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued. This means SEVERE WEATHER HAS BEEN SPOTTED AND OCCURRING and you need to take cover or prepare for severe weather immediately. Because severe weather is not very common in our area it is very important to understand the difference between a severe weather watch and a warning.

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