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Severe Threat in the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys

8 Apr 2020, 8:28 am

April is typically one of the peak months for severe weather across the United States, and in turn, this week will feature several chances for strong-to-severe thunderstorms moving forward. Today’s (Wednesday) storms could also carry an overnight threat with them into early Thursday morning. The areas of concern include the mid and lower Mississippi Valley to the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

The main threat with Wednesday’s storms is expected to be the potential for large hail and damaging winds, similar to Tuesday’s threat. Isolated tornadoes could also target parts of the mid-South, including the cities of Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee and Paducah, Kentucky. This will probably be greatest in the evening as the storms first fire up.

The first severe storms aren’t expected to develop for until the late afternoon and into the early evening. Initially, large hail, damaging winds and even a few tornadoes will be the main threats with these storms. Later into the evening, Storms will then cluster into a big line, leading to a damaging wind threat for much of Kentucky, Tennessee and perhaps into northern Mississippi and Alabama.

Texas could also see a few strong to severe storms develop in the mid-afternoon through evening hours. A few supercells may form, capable of large hail and strong winds.

We will have continued updates on the severe weather threat. For now, stay weather aware and continue to check back in for the latest forecast. Also, the SPC has new information to help keep you and your family safe, and for more on some of those important changes for the spring season, give this a read.

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Chris doesn't remember a time when that he didn't love the weather. When he was five years old, he wrote his first words, "Partly cloudy", in Ms. Benn's kindergarten class. According to Chris, it's been a love affair ever since, from teaching himself how to read forecast models at age 12, to landing at WeatherNation. Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, he started to go after his lifelong drea... Load Morem of becoming a meteorologist by predicting whether or not there would be snow days - turning him into Greenwich High School's "defacto weatherman". He turned that snow day-predicting website into a front page story a local newspaper, which in turn earned him a look at WABC-TV in New York, where Chris did the weather live on-air at the age of 16. He attended Boston University, where he continued being a "weather nerd", performing weather updates on the campus radio and TV stations, and doing the daily forecasts for the student newspaper. Following his studies at BU, Chris worked at Mile High Sports and ESPN Denver for four years while pursuing his certification in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Chris is a huge sports fan, rooting for the Rockies, Nuggets, Broncos, Avalanche and UConn. He frequently find links between sports and weather, including an investigative analysis he did in 2013, finding trends between Peyton Manning's play and game time temperature (he doesn't like the cold). Chris also enjoys running, playing any sport, socializing and periodically overeating at all-you-can-eat buffets.

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