Severe thunderstorms are possible in the south early week
- Severe thunderstorms are likely to develop in parts of eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday.
- The chance of severe storms will move into parts of the Southeast on Tuesday.
- Damaging winds, tornadoes and hail are possible.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to develop Monday in parts of the South and will bring the risk of damaging winds, hail and tornadoes as a low pressure system slides eastward.
happening now : Showers and thunderstorms will spread eastward from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. The risk of severe storms will increase in the afternoon and evening.
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Monday forecast: Strong to severe thunderstorms are likely to form from west to east Monday afternoon and evening in the shaded areas on the map below.
Damaging winds and numerous tornadoes, some of which may be strong, are the primary concerns. Large hail and locally heavy rain are also possible.
Tuesday forecast: Strong to severe thunderstorms may continue through the morning from southern Mississippi into Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Two tornadoes and damaging wind gusts are expected through the early afternoon.
Damaging winds and possibly some brief tornadoes may develop from Georgia into the Carolinas Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. Locally heavy rain may also cause flash flooding in a few areas from southeastern Alabama to the mid-Atlantic.
What fuels severe weather: The weather pattern across the Lower 48 has not been conducive to severe thunderstorms lately, but that is changing.
A low pressure system will track across the south and east during the first half of this week. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will rise northward ahead of the cold front associated with this system, increasing atmospheric instability.
Severe thunderstorms in the south are not unusual, where warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico can meet strong cold fronts and jet stream winds.
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