MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A weather system producing heavy rain and flooding Friday will intensify overnight and through the day Saturday to bring a threat for severe storms to the Mid-South.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed an ENHANCED RISK of severe storms over much of the Mid-South and the WMC Action News 5 coverage area.
The main threat with this system will be damaging wind and isolated tornadoes. A cold front will move east out of the Central Plains Saturday morning and enter the Mid-South around or shortly after midday. Along and in advance of the front a line of thunderstorms is expected to develop. Current forecast data has this line crossing the Mississippi River around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The atmosphere will be warm and unstable as the line enters the area allowing storms to intensify as they approach. Strong wind gusts will accompany this line and could reach speeds of 40-50 MPH.
Because the ground is extremely saturated the winds could be strong enough to bring down large trees leading to power outages.
There will also be a tornado threat with this system although, at this time, the threat seems to be low but will need to be monitored closely for potential intensification.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will also remain in effect through Saturday as heavy rain accompanying this line of storms could lead to additional flooding in the area.
Stay weather area through the day Saturday and be sure to have the FIRST ALERT WEATHER app on your smartphone or iPad. This will give you access to a live interactive radar, hour by hour forecast, watches or warnings that may be issued, and special video updates from the First Alert Weather Team.
We are watching this develop weather system closely and will keep you update on the air, on the web, and on the First Alert Weather app.