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Stormy Thursday from the Plains to the Northeast

Another round of severe storms: Drivers will run into minor to moderate delays today and tonight due to areas of rain and thunderstorms from the Great Plains to the Mid-Atlantic. Severe storms producing large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be scattered from eastern Alabama to the Pococnos in northeastern Pennsylvania, with a few severe storms spreading to Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Severe storms will also pop up from Kansas City to Sioux City and from northwestern Kansas to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. A concentrated region of numerous severe storms could develop along I-85 from Anderson, South Carolina to the Raleigh-Durham area. Roads may be blocked off where localized flash flooding occurs.

Northwest: Several inches of snow will accumulate in the high elevations from eastern Oregon to central Idaho and southwestern Montana. Drivers will have to slow down going over some mountain passes on I-15, I-84 and I-90, and the National Weather service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for part of the region.

Texas toast: The southern two-thirds of the Lone Star State will sizzle with intense heat today. Highs will reach the upper 90s to 105° from San Angelo to Dallas, southward to Brownsville where it’ll feel like 110°-115°. Drivers: Pack extra ice and bottled water in your coolers, and be careful out there!

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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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