Severe Weather Threat Continues for the Deep South
The threat for severe thunderstorms continues across the Deep South this afternoon and evening. Tornadoes, large hail above an one inch in diameter, and wind gusts higher than 58 mph are possible. Areas stretching from Northeast Louisiana through Mississippi into South Central Tennessee have the highest probabilities to see severe weather today. The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded Northern Mississippi to a moderate risk for seeing severe storms, with the biggest threat being tornadoes.
A Tornado Watch was issued earlier this afternoon and continues until 9 p.m. for parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Tune into WeatherNation for the latest updates on watches and warnings. We will have live storm chasers in the field across the Deep South.
Humidity levels have been increasing ahead of a cold front moving southward through the Deep South. Dew points are expected to climb into the 70s in many areas, which is tropical air, perfect for fueling severe weather. Low level wind shear has been growing in Northern Mississippi, increasing the tornado threat.
As a line of storms forms ahead of the cold front later tonight, the tornado threat will diminish but the risk for strong, damaging wind gusts will continue.
Yesterday there were several reports of strong winds and some wind damage as well, with only one tornado report. The tornado threat is higher today. Well needed rainfall will drop through the South over the next 24 hours, with some areas seeing well over an inch of rain in the heaviest storms. The severe weather risk lowers tomorrow to marginal in the Southeast.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels