Another warm and humid day for us today will lead to the potential to see some strong to severe storms tonight and then again as we work through our Wednesday afternoon. Before I go any further, I want to be very clear that any weather we see will not be nearly as bad as what they saw in Oklahoma on Monday.
As for us, the low pressure system that brought all of that severe weather is lifting to our north. However, storms have developed further south today in association with another area of low pressure currently moving through the Texas Panhandle. This portion of the system will work far enough south to cause some problems for North Mississippi this evening and tonight as storms begin to fire, and they are already under a tornado watch.
For us, storms from our west will continue working in our direction and look to arrive in northwest locations (Carthage, Philly, Forest, Louisville, DeKalb, and Macon) overnight. These storms, even though weakening, could maintain enough strength to be strong to severe with damaging winds, hail, and potentially a tornado or two, but our tornado threat is very small.
Storms looks to redevelop Wednesday afternoon as the surface front arrives. The good news for us is that this front will lack upper level support, meaning our storms will not be able to rapidly intensify, but a few strong storms with damaging winds and hail are possible. This system will exit Wednesday evening and then high pressure will return for our Memorial Day Weekend and into next week.
The main thing you need to take away for tonight and tomorrow is to be weather aware, do not panic, and take normal severe weather safety precautions. I do not expect a major event for us, but if a storm or two is able to rotate, we could see something develop, but again, nothing like what Oklahoma saw. Make sure you can get weather warnings from either a NOAA Weather Radio, WTOK-TV, our text alerts and Facebook page, and Jeff and myself both have a Facebook and Twitter account we send out reports through.