MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A potent low pressure system is traveling through the Mid-South Tuesday night, bringing heavy rain and gusting winds to the area. This same storm system also produced numerous tornadoes in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Tuesday afternoon and evening, leaving at least three people dead.
Fortunately for the WMC Action News 5 coverage area, severe weather was not an issue, but the heavy rain created some issues in parts of the area. Winds will remain gusty through the overnight hours and for much of the day Wednesday and more showers are likely. The low pressure system is also drawing colder air into the region and that could allow rain to chance to snow for some parts of the Mid-South early Wednesday morning.
There is even the possibility of accumulating snow in northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel. In Memphis and parts of northwest Tennessee and eastern Arkansas, it is possible that some big wet snowflakes will be falling during the morning commute.
Tuesday evening forecast models indicate a brief change over rain rain to snow between 4 a.m. to 8 or 9 a.m. There should be no significant accumulation as any snow that develops should melt on contact with the surface. The worst case scenario would allow for a dusting of snow on grassy areas and elevated objects.
Should the rain transition to snow, it won't last long and will return to rain by late morning. So, if you wake up early and see snowflakes flying, don't panic but it could certainly be a beautiful sight for an early Wednesday morning.