Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Severe Weather Likely in the South Tomorrow - Including A Tornado Risk...

Above is the latest severe weather outlook for Wednesday and Wednesday Night from the SPC in Norman, OK. Severe thunderstorms are forecast within the yellow shaded area on the image.  Large hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes can be expected with severe storms in these areas.

The severe weather threat for Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night includes the cities of:  Lufkin, Shreveport, Alexandria, Jackson, Memphis, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

A strong middle and upper-level weather disturbance will move out over the lower Mississippi Valley region on Wednesday afternoon and evening.  At the surface, an area of low pressure will track to the North, dragging a frontal boundary to the South along with it.

Thunderstorms are forecast to develop along and ahead of the front near the Western portion of the severe weather outlook area by mid to late afternoon, and then move and/or develop toward the East/Northeast during the evening and overnight hours.

Large hail and damaging winds are likely with any severe storms that develop. In addition, some of the storms may become organized enough to produce tornadoes.  The tornado threat seems to be the highest across the Mississippi and Alabama portions of the risk area at this time, and would most likely take place between the hours of 6pm (in the West) and 3am CST (in the East) Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Folks living across this region should remain alert on Wednesday and Wednesday night.  Take the time to review severe weather safety and preparedness tips now, and have a sheltering plan in mind should severe weather threaten your area.

Stay tuned for updates on this event later today...

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