MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The WMC Action News 5 First Alert Weather team is tracking the potential for strong to severe storms across the Mid-South on Easter.
With the growing threat for severe storms, we have declared Easter Sunday a First Alert Weather Day. A cold front will then swing into the Mid-South and interact with the warm, moist air and help aid in the formation of strong to severe storms across the region, with the primed area for locations along and south of I-40.
SEVERE RISK: The Storm Prediction Center has placed the highest risk for severe weather over North Mississippi. The area along Highway 278 in Mississippi is under a Moderate (4 out of 5) risk for strong storms in the area shaded in red.
The area across the heart of the Mid-South, including Memphis and the metro counties, is under an Enhanced (3 out of 5) risk for strong storms, this includes everyone shaded in orange.
The remainder of the Mid-South is under a lower risk, a Slight (2 out of 5) risk for strong strong storms, or are in yellow.
Everyone across the Mid-South should stay weather alert through the weekend and into Easter Sunday as we continue to track this evolving severe weather system.
THREATS: As the system rolls across the Mid-South our primary threat looks to be damaging winds 40+ mph. Tornadoes will be possible with this severe weather setup.
The flooding threat is a concern, as we could see some heavy downpours with this system. There is also potential for hail with any severe storm we see across the region.
TIMING: Saturday night into Sunday morning we are watching for the potential for a few showers and storms as the warm front lifts north across the region.
The real prime time for the major severe weather, right now, looks to move into the region after 1 PM on Sunday and continues progressing across our region through 10 p.m.
As forecast models continue to hone in on the line of storms, we will continue to adjust the timing and threats throughout Friday, Saturday and leading up to the event on Sunday.
ACTION: Make sure you have a plan in place in case storms threaten your area. Have your weather radio handy with fresh batteries in place. Also, have your cell phone charged and ready to go, in case you lose power during the event.
Finally, have the WMC Action News 5 First Alert Weather App downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet. That way you can see First Alert Doppler 5 in the palm of your hand, and you can live stream any severe weather coverage from the First Alert Weather team if you lose power or your television signal.