12:20 PM CST UPDATE
A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee until 7:00 PM CST.
The enhanced severe risk has been expanded into northwestern Georgia. Also, a couple of strong, damaging tornadoes are possible per the Storm Prediction Center.
A hyper-active weather day is expected across the South this afternoon and evening. Severe storms are expected to develop west of the Mississippi River earlier in the day advancing east throughout later parts of the day. A severe threat will continue into the nighttime hours. An enhanced risk (level 3 of 5) is in place for parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, southern Tennessee, and northern Alabama. A slight risk (level 2 of 5) and marginal risk (level 1 of 5) surround the enhanced risk area.
Within the enhanced risk (orange), this is where the highest chance for severe storms and the greatest coverage of severe storms is expected. This is also where the highest tornado threat exists today into tonight. Other severe hazards include damaging winds and large hail. There is also a tornado, wind, and hail threat for the slight (yellow) and marginal (dark green) severe risk areas.
Make sure you’re staying weather-aware throughout the day. It’s important to have a few reliable sources to receive weather warnings from and have a plan in place and know where to go if a warning is issued for your area.