WEATHER AWARE: Large Tornado Strikes Tupelo, MS. Tonight’s threat ends for Central AL; more storms expected tomorrow/Tuesday

Forecast

We’ve seen numerous reports of funnel clouds & tornadoes today & tonight across Central AL. A large, extremely destructive tornado just passed through Tupelo, MS and has caused significant damage. If you have friends or family in or around the Tupelo area, please reach out to them to check on them.

STORMS THIS EVENING: Our severe weather threat has ENDED for tonight. More storms expected to develop tomorrow afternoon across our area.

TIMING: Expect these storms to continue traversing through our area from now through the overnight hours.  These storms will be fairly isolated & short-lived as they pass by, and will progressively start weakening after sunset.  This will NOT be an event where we need to stay up all night long, but just something we’ll need to be cautious about before we go to bed tonight.

STORMS CONTINUE TOMORROW: With the overall winds not changing much tomorrow, South winds will provide a steady stream of moisture into our area.  This means more spotty thunderstorms expected throughout our area for Monday.  There is a Marginal Risk (1 out of 5) of these storms turning severe, with once again the primary hazards being strong winds (up to 60 mph) and quarter-sized hail within the strongest storms.

RAIN CHANCES CONTINUE: Unfortunately for us, another storm system is expecting to bring more rain & thunderstorms our way for Tuesday.  These will be more organized than the storms we see tonight & tomorrow, with a slightly greater chance of damaging winds, hail, and a brief tornado.  Above all else, have a storm plan ready just in case we start seeing Severe Thunderstorm Warnings or Tornado Warnings over the next 2-3 days.

DRYING OUT WEDNESDAY: The cold front coming in behind Tuesday’s storms will push into our area late Wednesday morning.  Behind it, cooler temperatures will usher in, as well as more sunshine for Wednesday afternoon.  Lows Thursday morning will be noticeably cooler in the lower to middle 50s, followed by a cool and dry Thursday afternoon with highs in the 70s.

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