More severe storms, interstates remain flooded (forecast video)

Another round of severe storms: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will pop up again from the Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic coast today and tonight. Several storms could become very strong or severe — producing very large hail and damaging winds — from western Texas to the southern half of Kansas. Drivers should expect delays on portions of I-10, I-20, I-27, I-35 and I-40 through Amarillo, Ft. Stockton, Midland, Oklahoma City, Wichita, and surrounding areas. Roadblocks are possible due to localized flash flooding. A few isolated severe storms may also develop from Atlanta and Chattanooga to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. Flash Flood Watches remain in place from the Ohio River valley to the Delaware valley.

Highway and rail closures: Ongoing flooding will keep portions of I-29 closed in both directions from St. Joseph, Missouri to US-34 in western Iowa, and from Council Bluffs to Loveland, Iowa. Also, sections of I-680 remain closed from the Nebraska-Iowa border to the I-29 junction in Iowa. Several sections of BNSF and Union Pacific subdivisions remain out of service in parts of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Western sizzlin’: A brief heat wave will make things a bit uncomfortable today in California’s Sacramento Valley, with widespread highs of 100°-105° on the I-5 corridor in places such as Chico, Grass Valley, Lakeport, Redding, Red Bluff and Sacramento. This is 10 to 15 degrees above normal for late June. Triple-digit heat will continue in southern Texas, including Laredo, with scorching heat index levels of 105°-110°. Drivers: Be sure to pack extra ice and bottled water in your coolers!

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his 17 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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