Severe thunderstorms not stopping over weekend

Posted at 11:25 AM, Mar 24, 2017

Multiple waves of severe weather are expected to hit the same region across the South this weekend and into next week.

The United States is currently stuck in a pattern that's bringing wave after wave of severe thunderstorms from eastern Texas to Alabama and as far north as Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.

Throughout the next three days, the main threats will be damaging winds and large hail.

This is just the latest in what's already been an exceptionally active severe weather season.

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The same storm systems that brought — and are still bringing — heavy snow to the Rocky Mountains and areas west of there, then move into the Plains where they strengthen and cause big thunderstorms to form.

A mild winter for nearly everyone east of the Rockies set the stage for an early start to the severe weather we don't typically begin to see picking up until now. Instead, the tail end of January and most of February saw a more active severe weather season.

This much activity hasn't been seen since 2012 and 2008 when the number of tornadoes were at near record highs for late March.

This doesn't necessarily mean the rest of the severe weather season will be especially bad, but if the current weather pattern holds, the Southern Plains, the South and parts of the Midwest are in for a bumpy spring season.

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