Severe storms and tornadoes to impacts the South over the next few days
An active weather pattern with clashing winter and spring air masses will deliver rounds of severe storms that could produce tornadoes over the next few days.
Severe weather and tornadoes were recorded Monday night and this morning (Tuesday) in western Oklahoma and northern Texas. As of Tuesday morning, Tornado watches are currently in effect for southern Oklahoma, northern Texas, and southwestern Arkansas. Additional tornado watches are expected throughout the day Tuesday as severe storms advance east from the Southern Plains into the South. That severe threat is also possible during the nighttime hours Tuesday and predawn hours Wednesday.
The severe threat Tuesday and Tuesday night will exist for southern Oklahoma, northern Texas, central Texas, eastern Texas; central and southern Arkansas; all of Louisiana; all of Mississippi; and western Alabama. The severe risk will shift from west to east throughout the day Tuesday into the overnight hours Tuesday. Tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail are all possible with the strongest storms. A couple of strong tornadoes cannot be ruled out, favoring eastern Texas, Louisiana, and central Mississippi.
Tuesday's severe risk
The severe risk continues to shift south and east into Wednesday with the northern Gulf Coast under fire for severe storms and possible tornadoes on Wednesday from southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. A strong tornado cannot be ruled out on Wednesday too for these areas along with damaging winds and hail.
Wednesday's severe risk
As the storm system continues to advance east, the severe threat continues into Thursday for the Southeast, including southeastern Georgia, northern and central Florida, and the eastern Carolinas. All modes of severe weather are possible including damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
Thursday's severe risk
It's an important reminder that tornadoes can and do occur in the month of December. Please have a couple of reliable sources to receive weather warnings. Your local television station and the National Weather Service are two trusted sources to receive weather warnings, including tornado warnings. It will also be beneficial to have a shelter plan in place for your family and pets in case a warning is issued.