National Weather Service
Emergency crews are searching homes and other structures in a northern Illinois town to make sure nobody is trapped rubble left by Thursday’s deadly tornado.
“The potential is there,” says National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Kramper. A Joplin-sized tornado “could easily occur right across the Metro-area. If those conditions come together here, it could happen.”
A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes to the region less than a week after meteorologists reported no tornadoes in the United States thus far in March.
American Airlines main hub grounded flights Friday, Saturday
National Weather Service in St. Louis sets Wind Chill Advisory for early Monday
All of it is due to a dipping jet stream coming in from Canada, but meteorologists are avoiding calling it last year’s buzzword: a polar vortex.
Heavy snow and plunging temperatures are expected to hit the Upper Midwest this week, dropping as much as a foot of snow on the region and pushing temperatures down by as much as 40 degrees overnight.
For the St. Louis forecast area in 2014, there have been four tornadoes on the Missouri side and 11 in Illinois, for a total of 15 in the area.
An expert dispels the idea that the cooler-than-usual summer will mean a colder-than-usual winter is on the way.
National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Miller says it was rated EF-0, with winds of up to 75 miles an hour.