Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Severe Weather Threat Across the Deep South Today...

As we've been talking about for the past few days, there will be a threat of severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, across portions of the Deep South and lower Mississippi Valley region today.  The latest outlook from the SPC in Norman, OK is shown above, with the highest threat of severe weather within the yellow shaded areas on the image.

This severe weather threat includes the Jackson, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Greenville areas.

Hail around 1 inch in diameter and strong, possibly damaging wind gusts will be the primary threats with severe thunderstorms across the region today, however a few tornadoes are also possible given the very strong change in wind direction with height that is present across the region.  The isolated tornado threat is higher today than it was yesterday.

Locally heavy rainfall will also be a concern, with widespread amounts of 1-2 inches likely and localized amounts of 3 or more inches possible:

Folks living across the region should remain alert today.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or another trusted source for later updates and be prepared to take immediate action if a warning is issued for your area.

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