Severe weather expected Thursday night

A portion of the Severe Weather Outlook from the Memphis office of the NWS…

A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS THE MID SOUTH THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. THE COMBINATION OF STRONG LIFT AND A HIGHLY SHEARED AND UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE STORMS ACROSS THE WESTERN HALF OF THE REGION THURSDAY AFTERNOON. ANY SEVERE STORMS THAT DEVELOP THURSDAY AFTERNOON WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS…LARGE HAIL…AND TORNADOES. A FEW STRONG TORNADOES WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE OVER THESE AREAS.

THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD EVENTUALLY FORM INTO AN INTENSE SQUALL-LINE AND BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS…LARGE HAIL…AND ISOLATED TORNADOES TO MUCH OF THE MID SOUTH THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING.

In addition, flash flooding will be a concern, and for this reason a Flash Flood Watch will be in effect Thursday night as well. The graphic below (courtesy Storm Prediction Center, NWS) highlights the area where severe weather will be most likely.

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