There is an enhanced risk for severe weather coupled with a tornado watch for the Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. The tornado watch is for Arkansas, eastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana, and the southeastern corner of Oklahoma. Storms are currently setting up along a surface boundary that extends from northeast Texas into Kentucky. Dewpoints are currently in the mid-upper 60s which is making the atmosphere moist. Potential impacts include isolated strong tornadoes, and damaging winds. The threat is expected to continue over night into Tennessee with damaging winds and an isolated tornado threat. Discrete cells are expected to form which would is favorable for tornado development.
There is also a slight threat for sever thunderstorms for eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana, northern Mississippi, northeastern Alabama, western Tennessee, western Kentucky, southern Indiana, southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri. The threat remains the same as the enhanced threat with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Along with damaging winds and tornadoes, there is also a significant threat for large hail.
After the system moves into the Tennessee Valley, the threat will diminish to a marginal and general thunderstorm threat. Stay vigilant and alert throughout the day if you are located within the severe weather threat.
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ⓒ 2018 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell