MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Rain has returned to the Mid-South and will continue through the end of the week and into the weekend. By the time it ends much of the area could receive an additional 2 to 3-plus inches on top of what already fell this week.
Rainfall will be heavy at times Thursday night, Friday and Friday night, and a few storms will also be possible during that time period. A greater threat for strong storms will develop Saturday as a cold front moves east out of the Central Plains and make its way through the Mid-South Saturday afternoon and evening.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed an ENHANCED RISK of severe storms over the Mid-South. Basically, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most significant threat, this is a 3.
The main time frame for storms is Saturday afternoon from noon to 6 p.m. A main concern at this time is the potential for damaging wind. Gusts of 40 mph or higher could be possible along and in advance of the cold front.
With an extremely saturated ground that would increase the potential for large trees to fall, which in turn could lead to widespread power outages.
There will also be the potential for isolated tornadoes. At this time the tornado threat seems to be low, but should clouds break Saturday morning or early afternoon in advance of the cold front that could allow sunshine to heat the atmosphere and increase instability in the area, thus increasing the severe weather threat.
The First Alert Weather Team is tracking this system closely and will keep you update on the air, online and on the First Alert Weather app. Take some time now to download the app to your smartphone or iPad. You’ll have access to live interactive radar, hour-by-hour forecast, severe weather alerts and video updates from the First Alert Weather Team.
Stay weather aware through Saturday and check back often for updates.