Nearly 52M at risk for severe weather today

A slight risk — level 2 of 5 — stretches from Missouri to the Carolinas and from Iowa to Georgia. It also includes a part of Texas."All forms of severe weather are possible today and tonight, with very large hail and damaging winds the primary threat," says CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen. "Tornadoes are also likely, especially in the enhanced risk area."Track the storms with CNN's storm tracker >>>This enhanced risk area — level 3 of 5 — is in place for parts of western Ohio Valley, central Mississippi Valley, and Tennessee Valley.As the storm becomes better organized, the Storm Prediction Center may elevate the risk level to moderate — level 4 of 5.Storms will begin to form this afternoon over parts of Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. They will quickly spread into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys in the overnight hours. Storms across the South will bubble up in the afternoon and dissipate in severity as the sun sets, acting very much like summer pop-up storms.

Unseasonable heat across the South

Temperatures are running 10 to 20 degrees above average across the South. High temperatures will rise into the 90s across Arkansas and Oklahoma."At least 3 dozen record highs are possible today and tomorrow," says Hennen. "Including cities like Dallas, St. Louis, Little Rock, New Orleans, and Miami."Check how warm your town is expected to get >>>The unseasonably warm air will push out for most of these states as the line of storms rolls through. Only Florida and portions of Georgia and the Carolinas will be above average Thursday.By Friday morning, people across the Central plainRead More – Source