Severe Storms, Tornadoes Hit South
A round of severe weather led to damaging winds and tornadoes on Saturday evening as a powerful cold front moved through the Southeast.
At least seven tornadoes were reported by the Storm Prediction Center on Saturday into early Sunday in Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. Damage was reported in northern Mississippi from some of those tornadoes, although the extent of the damage was still being determined on Sunday. No injuries or fatalities had been reported as of Sunday afternoon.
The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Memphis, Tennessee, the office overseeing most of the tornado-impacted areas from Saturday, will not be assessing tornado damage until Monday.
It was all along a strong cold front ushering in Arctic air to much of the country that ultimately led to the stronger storms. The front dropped temperatures by as much as 60° in some spots, and the clash of two completely different air masses led to the severe weather.
After the passage of the front, a much calmer severe weather pattern appears to be in store for the coming week, although a stormier pattern could resume this weekend and into next week. Stay with WeatherNation for the latest.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi