Timing and Threats
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Slight Risk with a 30% hatched area for tomorrow's severe weather event from Mississippi to Indiana. The main time frame for these storms to roll through West Tennessee and Mississippi will be from 5pm tomorrow to 3am Monday. This does not mean ten straight hours of storms in any one location, but rather a ten hour window where storms will be affecting the region. Wind damage and hail will be the most common threats, but this could also be a significant tornado event. Some individual supercells or cell clusters may form ahead of a main QLCS (squall line) of storms late tomorrow afternoon and evening. These front-running storms, should they form, would be the ones with the highest tornado risk, but both the line of storms and the individual cells could produce a significant tornado or two. The SPC's wording on their Slight Risk outlook is fairly strong:
AN APPRECIABLE SEVERE EVENT IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT/EARLY MONDAY...INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL FOR TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WINDS. AN UPGRADE TO A CATEGORICAL MODERATE RISK MAY BE WARRANTED IN SUBSEQUENT OUTLOOKS FOR PORTIONS OF THE REGION.
I'll be updating my Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ accounts all day tomorrow as these storms roll through, so be sure to follow or friend me for the latest information.