The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has updated an earlier forecast to include Marshall County in the “Enhanced” Risk category (3 out of 5) for severe weather this afternoon and into this evening.  The severe weather threat will come in two waves.  The first threat will take place between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. We can expect to see strong damaging wind gusts, isolated tornadoes, and large hail.  The second wave will take place between 8:00 pm and 12:00 am.  Strong damaging winds will be the main threat with gusts that could reach between 58-74 miles per hour and there is a low risk of gusts that could exceed 75+mph.  Embedded tornadoes are also a possibility. 

A Wind Advisory goes into effect from 6:00 am through 6:00 pm on Saturday.  A wintery mix will also be possible on Saturday with Temperatures dropping into the 30s and low 40s and wind chills making it feel like 20-20 degrees. 

THREAT:  Damaging winds, isolated Tornadoes, large hail

IMPACTS:  Strong winds and Tornadoes have the potential to cause tree damage which could lead to power outages and damage to homes. Downed trees and debris may impact travel. Extended power outages could result in home heating issues and other life safety devices that rely on power.

Large Hail can cause damage to homes and other buildings as well as damage to vehicles.

PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:  Stay weather aware this afternoon and this evening.  If severe weather does threaten, seek shelter immediately.  Be sure to charge your cell phone and check the batteries in your flashlights and lanterns.  Please be sure to check on the elderly and neighbors should severe weather occur or if the power goes out for an extended period of time.