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  3.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Dyersburg

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Mid-South on Wednesday morning.

Tracking More Heavy Rain & Storms Late Tonight

Tracking a threat of severe storms Saturday

Planning out your weekend: Timing for rain and storms

  Breakdown: The Mid-South could be the new Tornado Alley

FIRST ALERT: Tornado warning expires

Heavy rain, gusty winds headed our way

Continued Coverage

Tornado Watch issued for Mid-South until 5 pm

Two earthquakes strike Region 8 less than 15 minutes apart

Severe weather sweeps through Mississippi

  Mid-South communities dealing with damage, flooding following heavy rainfall

FIRST ALERT: Severe storms threaten the Mid-South Saturday

Saturday is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY

Soggy end to the week and a stormy start to the weekend

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for much of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area through Saturday evening as another round of heavy rain and thunderstorms returns to the Mid-South.

Tracking more rain and a threat for severe storms

The First Alert Weather Team is tracking more rain and the chance for severe storms this weekend.

More rain and another FLASH FLOOD WATCH

Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service Office in Memphis issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for much of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area and the Mid-South.

  Heavy rain and possible flooding on the way

Rain and lots of it will move into the Mid-South by Tuesday afternoon as a storm system develops over the western Gulf of Mexico and move north.

Small earthquake detected in Randolph County

A cold start to the weekend

Rain chances are increasing

  Flooding causes Arkansas district to cancel school

Another cold night but a southwest flow brings change

Rain moves out as temperatures plummet

More rain followed by a drastic drop in temperature

A steady stream of moisture continues to flow into the Mid-South tonight producing areas of heavy rain in much of Arkansas and West Tennessee with more to come tomorrow.

  Breakdown: Why the polar vortex created ice quakes

In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain what is causing the booms that people are hearing in the freezing cold temperatures.

Warmer weekend and tracking rain next week

A strong southerly flow will allow temperatures to continue to rise for the next few days. Rain chances are slim for now but will increase next week with a series of fronts entering the Mid-South.

One more cold night to endure

Cold arctic air will keep a grip on the Mid-South for one more night before southerly winds usher in much warmer air for the next few days.

Snow Chance Update

Snow Chances For Monday Night

Snow potential Monday Night & Early Tuesday

Blog on Monday Night's snow potential

Looking ahead to a chance of snow next week

Forecast models are hinting at snow again in the Mid-South.

Weekend warm up ahead and a chance of snow next week

An upper level disturbance will move through the Mid-South tonight bringing a slight chance of flurries to the area overnight

More cold and a couple of chances for snow

A cold front brings clouds overnight a even colder air to end the week followed by two more disturbances that could bring snow to parts of the Mid-South.

Major storm system to impact the Mid-South

A potent low pressure system will move through the area overnight and tomorrow bringing rain, a threat for storms, strong winds, and possibly snow.

Tennessee gov-elect’s inauguration to move indoors

Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is moving his inauguration to an indoor venue amid forecasts for weekend rain and thunderstorms

  Arctic blast arrives in the Mid-South this weekend

Temperatures will be like a roller coaster the next few days.By the end of the weekend, we take a big dip in temperatures.

Very active pattern this week

High pressure brings a southerly flow for the next few days allowing for warm temperatures and increased rain chances later in the week. Then get ready for the coldest air of the season to arrive over the weekend.

Cold is here to stay and tracking more rain

Cold temperatures have returned and will remain in place for the next several days. The pattern is dry for now, but a system from the southwest will bring rain to start the weekend.

Earthquake reported in Mississippi Delta

Shaking was felt throughout Washington County.

A major change in the pattern

Clouds and rain finally move out allowing drier air to filter into the area, but it could be short lived.

One more round of rain to endure

A low pressure system moves across the Mid-South bringing more rain to the area overnight and tomorrow.

Snow Potential For Mid-week

Mid-week Snow Potential

Gusty wind and heavy rain on the way!

Winds will pick up this evening and especially overnight. Expect a mostly cloudy sky with just a stray shower through midnight. Temperatures will hold in the 50s.

Clearing sky leads to cold night

Clouds clear as cold dry air filters into the Mid-South tonight but a temporary shift in winds from the south will make for a warmer weekend.

Second earthquake in 4 days centered in eastern Tennessee

An earthquake centered in eastern Tennessee also was felt in three other states

More rain to come

A slow moving low pressures system will move east along the Gulf coast driving moisture in the Mid-South making for a rainy pattern to end the week.

Rain building overnight, sticks around to end week

A low-pressure system and cold front will bring rain to the Mid-South. The rain will build overnight tonight and last through the end of the week.

FIRST ALERT: Tracking winter weather across the Mid-South

The National Weather Service in Memphis has upgraded Dyer County in Tennessee along with Poinsett and Mississippi Counties in Arkansas to a WINTER STORM WARNING. They have also expanded our WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY to include more counties in North Mississippi.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for part of the Mid-South

Friday evening, the National Weather Service in Memphis issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for northeast Arkansas, the Missouri Bootheel, and northwest Tennessee that will go into effect at 3 a.m. Saturday morning and remain until 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

  Breakdown: Why lightning can strike the same place twice

Lightning can strike the same place twice and sometimes even multiple times.

  FIRST ALERT: Wintry mix possible this weekend

Cold temperatures will continue as we push into the weekend. Mix that along with moisture building into the area and we are tracking the potential for wintry mix for portions of the Mid-South.

  Breakdown: Why it feels so cold when it’s windy

Wind chill is how the wind makes the body feel when the wind is blowing on a cold day.

  Breakdown: Why your car thermometer is usually inaccurate

In this episode of the breakdown, we explain why you might not want to always trust the temperature reading that your car displays on its dash.

Chance of Snow This Weekend

Snow Chances

Cold front brings the threat of storms & heavy rain

A developing cold front will move through the Mid-South late Friday night into early Saturday morning.

  FIRST ALERT: Tracking storm chances Friday night into Saturday morning

The First Alert Weather Team is tracking a low-pressure system that will swing into the Mid-South Friday night going into Saturday morning, bringing the chance of strong to severe storms to the region.

Rain moves in later Friday

It’s dry this morning, but a weak front will push into our area later today and give us a chance for rain.

Your First Alert Forecast for holiday travel

If you’re headed to the airport or hitting the road Wednesday to meet family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday then you are in luck, for the most part.

Cold Front Will Bring Cooler Changes

A cold front will bring cooler temps Monday

  Recap of November Mid-South snow event

The snow has come and gone and now we are getting a better look at how much snow the Mid-South received on November 14th.

  MDOT: Not clear if I-269 bridge was treated for ice before deadly tour bus crash

Mississippi authorities say they don’t know if the interstate was treated for ice before a tour bus crash left two dead and dozens more injured Wednesday.

First Alert Weather Day: Snow blankets Mid-South

Thursday is another First Alert Weather Day in the Mid-South.

  Victims identified after Tunica-bound tour bus overturns on slick Mississippi highway

Two people are dead and 44 others are injured after a tour bus overturned in DeSoto County, Mississippi, about 40 miles south of Memphis.

  Blytheville schools close early due to weather conditions

Blytheville school district officials decided to dismiss schools early Wednesday, for safety’s sake.

  Send us your snow day pictures!

Enjoying the snow day? We want to see! Send us your photos.

  Breakdown: Why November snow is rare in the Mid-South

Wednesday and Thursday's forecasted snow would be the first time since 2014 that snow fell in the Mid-South. That month, we received 0.3 inches.

  Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect Wednesday for the Mid-South

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect Wednesday through Thursday morning for most of the the Mid-South.

Thursday is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY and here’s why

Cold Canadian air has a chilly grip on the Mid-South and more cold air is on the way.

Why The Santa Ana Winds Fuel Wildfires

California Wildfires

Wintry mix chances decreasing

Wintry Mix Potential

Chance of Wintry Weather

Chances of a wintry mix

Forecast models hinting a chance of snow next week

We’re still more than a month away from the official start of winter, but the Mid-South is already dealing with its first round of winter cold.

  Cold WX: Protecting your home and plants from freezing temperatures

It's fall, but in the next few days the Mid-South is bracing for winter weather.

  FIRST ALERT: Freezing temperatures this weekend

The coldest air of this season will push into the Mid-South this upcoming weekend. The freezing temperatures will occur thanks to a dip in the jet stream moving in cold Canadian air across the Mid-South.

  Sunny, dry for Election Day

The rain from Monday moved east overnight, but we woke up to fog on Monday morning. After the morning fog clears, it will be a beautiful Fall day.

  Breakdown: Why there could be more major hurricanes

With the number of hurricanes impacting the coast fluctuating each year, the question has been asked, “Are there more hurricanes happening now than what we saw in the past?”

First Alert: Tornado Warnings expire in several Mid-South counties

A cold front will move into the Mid-South today and give us a chance for severe thunderstorms.

  Why the severe weather threat is decreasing

The Threat for Severe Weather Decreasing in spots

Arlington tornado sirens out of commission as severe weather threatens the area

The Shelby County town of Arlington is warning residents that several tornado sirens are down as storms threaten the area Monday evening.

  Timeline: When to expect the storms to arrive

Storms will start north of I-40 around 5 or 6 and then move into Shelby County by 8 p.m.

First Alert: Monday Severe Weather Possible

First Alert Weather Day Monday

  Breakdown: Why do we fall back?

Have you ever wondered why we fall back? The reason behind the extra hour is to adjust the daylight hours to be more usable when most of us are awake. It is meant to increase the amount of daylight we see in the morning.