Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update

A steady rain has made for a nasty afternoon across the area. Just after I stepped in today things got very active as a tornado warning was issued for Marengo County. A funnel clouds was reported with a cell that tracked across south Marengo County impacting the Putnam and Nanafalia communities. The air was a bit unstable to the south, but now it looks like the entire area is more stable.The back edge of the rain is now shifting through Lamar, Pickens, and Sumter Counties. Most of us will end up with up with at-leat a half-inch of rain from the event. As the rain shifts east the dry air will follow and temperatures will drop into the upper 40s tonight.

The weather conditions in the days ahead will be perfect! Unlike the blast of artic air that invaded last week, a milder air mass will follow this storm system. The sun will return tomorrow and high temperatures will approach 70-degrees. Similar temperatures can be expected through the end of the week and weekend. There will continue to be a chill in the air at night, with lows in the 40s.

After another dry weekend, a very similar setup looks to take place early next week. A low-pressure system will pull north of us and send another line of rain and some thunderstorms into the state. This wet weather will approach the area late on Tuesday and Tuesday night, followed by dry conditions.

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Tornado Warning for Marengo County

…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 245 PM CST FOR SOUTHERNMARENGO COUNTY…AT 228 PM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TOINDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR PUTNAM…OR ABOUT10 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BUTLER…MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR… SWEET WATER AND 7 MILES WEST OF DIXONS MILL BY 245 PM CSTHEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU WAITTO SEE OR HEAR IT COMING…IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A SAFE PLACE.THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER AWORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT ISAVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN ANINTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TOCOVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE ASUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THENEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.