Severe storms and isolated tornadoes possible Thursday for the Southeast
Eyeing the potential for isolated to scattered severe thunderstorms Thursday across parts of the Southeast.
A storm system will send a strong cold front into a warm, humid air mass throughout the day on Thursday. The clashing of these air masses paired with favorable wind shear will allow for thunderstorms to become strong to severe.
Enough ingredients are in place to support isolated tornadoes along with damaging winds. Damaging winds are the main concern but a couple of tornadoes are possible, especially during the afternoon and evening hours across the Southeast.
Thunderstorms initially develop near the cold front across the South near the Mississippi River Thursday morning. Storms will gradually shift east into the Southeast, including the Tennessee Valley, Thursday afternoon and evening. This is when storms will encounter the best ingredients to produce damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
There's a Level 1 and Level 2 severe risk on Thursday from the Ohio Valley into the South and Southeast. The highest risk extends from south Tennessee to Alabama and Georgia, including Chatanooga, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Atlanta.