FIRST ALERT: Severe storms threaten the Mid-South Saturday

FIRST ALERT: Severe storms threaten the Mid-South Saturday

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Saturday is a First Alert Weather Day for the entire Mid-South. Severe storms will arrive in the afternoon and early evening as a cold front interacts with a warm, moisture-rich air mass.

The line of storms will arrive in eastern Arkansas between 11 am and 1 pm, then push east into west Tennessee and northwest Mississippi from 1 to 3 pm. It will finally impact northeast Mississippi from 3 to 6 pm. After that, all of the rain will be east and we will FINALLY be clear of the rain on Sunday.

West Tennessee and north Mississippi will have the greatest threat for severe storms Saturday.
West Tennessee and north Mississippi will have the greatest threat for severe storms Saturday.

There will be a 4 out of 5 chance for severe storms in northeast Mississippi up to Hardeman and McNairy county in west Tennessee. There will be a threat of 3 out of 5 in the rest of the area. This means that numerous severe storms are possible.

The primary threat will be flash flooding from heavy rain and damaging wind gusts. With all of the rain over the past few days, tree roots will be weakened. This means that winds could knock down trees and power lines, resulting in power outages.

There is also a lower threat for tornadoes this afternoon, especially in north Mississippi. This is a good time to make sure you have multiple ways to get warnings and review your severe weather plan.

The First Alert Weather Team will be monitoring the severe storms on-air and on the WMC First Alert Weather App. Search for WMC Weather in the App or Google Play Store to download the app for free.

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