Today is a First Alert weather day as strong to severe storms are possible this afternoon into the evening. The primary threat from storms will be wind gusts of 50-65 mph. Isolated tornadoes remain possible throughout the Valley…especially in northwestern AL, but the higher potential for EF-1 to EF-3 tornadoes will be across northern MS and west/central TN.
Skies will stay mostly cloudy as morning rain showers exit, but those clouds could this some into this afternoon. In fact, we’re seeing breaks in those clouds across northeast MS, which does not bode well. Strong storms will initiate to our west this afternoon. Those isolated storms will quickly track northeast, and could affect areas near the Shoals as early as 2-4 p.m. Storms will be moving quickly today, so take any warnings issued seriously. The more intense storms across central MS today will likely form into a broken line that tracks into the Valley later this evening. That should approach northwestern AL around 5-7 p.m. tracking east with time.
The line would be approaching the Metro area around 7-9 p.m. Damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes would be possible with these storms.
As the upper energy with this storm system begins to pull north of the Valley this evening, storms should become less intense. The severe threat should diminish heading towards midnight, but isolated instances of severe weather will be possible late. Heavy rain and non-severe wind gusts can be expected early Thursday morning.
Our weather stays unseasonably warm through Christmas into the weekend. Highs should be in the low-to-mid 70s. Some lingering rain is possible Christmas Eve, but much of the day is dry. More rain should head in for Christmas Day, but lower chances are expected this weekend. We’re watching for another round of potentially stronger storms early next week with a system that will cool us off for the new year.
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-Meteorologist David Ernst