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Stormy spring weather forecast this week

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Following a brief reprieve from widespread severe weather in the United States, the threat for severe thunderstorms will ramp up again early this week.

Dry weather settled into the southern Plains for the start of the weekend, expanding into the Southeast on Sunday. High pressure settling over Georgia on Monday will also keep most of these areas dry into early week.

However, the break for most of the Southern states will be short-lived.

“A storm will shift into the Midwest early this week and will become a focal point for another round of severe weather on Tuesday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.

Although farther removed from the center of the storm, the cold front stretching down through the Mississippi River Valley is likely to be the severe weather producer.

Wind flow shifting to a more southerly direction will pull warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico to help fuel the storms.

Gusty thunderstorms are expected to develop along this cold front as it advances eastward later on Tuesday. Damaging winds into Tuesday night of 50-60 mph are likely, with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 70 mph.

Storms will also be capable of producing hail and flooding downpours. An isolated tornado or two is also not out of the question.

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“While many storm systems have targeted the South with severe weather in recent weeks, the threat for feisty thunderstorm development may extend farther northward into the Midwest,” Buckingham said.

Some heavy thunderstorms could also target parts of Illinois and Indiana on Tuesday.

The threat for severe weather is predicted to shift eastward on Wednesday as the storm pushes over the Great Lakes and a cold front digs through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, and into the Southeast.

As the system pushes eastward, it may lose out on some of the Gulf moisture, causing it to weaken slightly. But, it may still be capable of producing damaging thunderstorms over already storm-weary areas.

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Fantasy of Lights Festival welcomes the arrival of the Christmas season

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Downtown Bowie shined brightly this weekend as the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Festival heralded the start of the holiday season.
“Winter Lights” Sip and Stroll With Me opened the festival Friday night with a total of 31 vendors participating in the popular festival Friday night. Moderate fall-like temperatures made it a great evening for strolling and the downtown parking was filled throughout the evening as guests went from store to store to enjoy refreshments, learn about what they had to offer and even do a bit of shopping. Local student performers also sang holiday music.
Cindy Roller, executive director for Bowie Community Development, said Sip and Stroll continues to grow and grow with each outing and those attending really seem to enjoy it no matter the time of year.

Saturday morning’s Pancakes with Santa served up some 300 meals of free pancakes at the city fire hall, followed by holiday crafts at Elf ‘N’ Magic at the library. That evening after the community Christmas tree was lit, the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade rolled through downtown heralding the holiday season. The Bowie High School cheerleaders won the sweepstakes prize with its sparking snowflakes float.

Read about all the winners and see their photos in the mid-week Bowie News.

The dancing snowflake float from the Bowie High School cheerleaders won the sweepstakes prizes for best overall parade entry. (photo by Jordan Neal)
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Bowie Chamber seeking nominations for its top community awards

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Nominations are now being accepted for the business and volunteer awards presented by the Bowie Chamber of Commerce with a deadline of Jan. 9, 2023.
These awards will be presented at the Jan. 23 chamber banquet, which has a theme of “Denim & Diamonds.” Chamber members also are invited to decorate a table for the banquet where the best decorated will win a prize.
Public nominations are sought for the three major awards presented by the chamber: The Frances Brite Award for volunteerism; 2022 Business of the Year and 2022 Community Support Award. The board also will select a member for the membership award.
Nomination forms for the three main awards are located on the chamber webpage at bowietxchamber.org, and they can be dropped off to the office at 101 E. Pecan. Call the chamber at 872-1173 with any questions.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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MSU readies Dec. 10 graduation ceremony

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More than 600 students are expected to walk the stage during Midwestern State University’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10 at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls.
Students graduating with the highest grade point averages from each of the six academic colleges will be honored with the President’s Medal for Excellence. Recipients will receive their medals from MSU Texas President JuliAnn Mazachek.
Graduates will hear words of encouragement from MSU Texas leaders and alumni. The December ceremony includes students who graduated in August.
The Faculty Award recipient also will be announced. This honor is given by MSU Texas faculty to a full-time faculty member for teaching excellence and service to the university. The first recipient of the Faculty Award was Arthur F. Beyer in 1977.The winner is selected by the faculty at large and kept secret until commencement.

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