A sharp cold front and strong jet stream energy will lead to the potential for severe thunderstorms to start this week in the eastern third of the nation. For today (Monday), there is a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms (level 1 on a scale of 1 to 5) from Lake Erie, through the Tennessee Valley, to the Gulf of Mexico. Strong wind gusts are the main threat.
Storms are already firing along the cold front and will continue to develop and blossom throughout the day. As peak heating occurs in the late afternoon, the threat for severe storms will increase. Although thunderstorm coverage along the front will be widespread, severe weather should remain isolated and concentrated to the late afternoon and early evening.
As the front slides to the east for Tuesday, there is a potential for severe storms for areas from Savanah, Georgia to the Hampton Roads in Virginia. Once again, strong wind gusts will be the main risk, but isolated tornadoes are also a possibility.
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