Severe weather to impact parts of the Mid-South Thursday night - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Severe weather to impact parts of the Mid-South Thursday night

Severe weather risk for Thursday Severe weather risk for Thursday

A potent cold front will move from west to east across the nation's midsection and the Mid-South Thursday night.  Warm, moist, unstable air in advance of the front will provide the fuel for strong storms to develop late in the day and overnight Thursday into early Friday morning.  At this time the Storm Prediction Center has issued an ENHANCED RISK for severe weather for the entire WMC Action News 5 coverage area.  Much of the day Thursday will be warm, humid, windy, and dry,  but as we get into the evening hours widespread rain and thunderstorms will develop an move from west to east.  Here's what you need to know:

  • This system will impact eastern Arkansas, north Mississippi, the Missouri bootheel, and west Tennessee
  • The primary threats with this system will be heavy rain which could cause flash flooding, damaging wind, and large hail.  Isolated tornadoes are a possibility although the potential is low at this time. 
  • Storm will begin to move into the Mid-South by late afternoon or early evening Thursday and continue into the overnight hours.  The strongest storms will likely cross the Mississippi River around midnight.
  • Storms will exit the area by 6 Friday morning and cooler drier air will filter in behind it. 

If you have a weather radio make sure it is on and ready to go Thursday, as many warnings may occur while you are asleep late Thursday night.  You should also download the Storm Track 5 app to your smart phone or iPad.  You'll have the ability to track the storms as they move through the Mid-South.  In the event of power outages you'll also be able to watch any live coverage of the storms should that occur.    We'll continue to track this developing system and bring you updates on the air, on Facebook, Twitter, and here on our website. 

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