The climbing temperatures are going to trigger a severe storm in Midwest United States along with the first significant tornado threat of the year through Thursday and into Friday.
Here is the latest on this developing situation.
Severe Storm in Midwest Setting Up
The surge of unseasonable warmth infiltrating the Upper Midwest is going to translate into a good chance of severe weather and tornadic activity throughout parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
The record-challenging temperatures will spell trouble in the form of severe weather by Thursday afternoon.
This is typically a time of the year when severe storms are not a usual risk. It has been several months since any thunderstorms have fired up in the areas north of Interstate 80.
You have to go back to October of 2023 to find storms that delivered strong winds and hail for places such as Wisconsin. The first widespread regional severe weather outbreak normally does not occur until the early days of March for this part of the country, speaking to the rarity of these conditions in February.
Soaring temperatures are the culprit for the thunderstorm threat. The mercury has been trending into the 50s and 60s in the Midwest through Friday ahead of an anticipated cold front that is currently pushing through portions of the northern Plains.
This front has already dumped snow across parts of the Dakotas and into the northwestern edge of Minnesota.