Special Weather Statement concerning Thursday’s severe weather potential

Severe weather risk for Thursday from the Storm Prediction Center

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
257 AM CST WED FEB 23 2011

…STRONG STORM SYSTEM TO AFFECT THE MID-SOUTH LATE TONIGHT AND THURSDAY…

AN INTENSIFYING STORM WILL TRACK FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO THE OHIO VALLEY BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING… BRINGING A LIKELY THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER AND POTENTIAL FLASH FLOODING TO THE MID-SOUTH. THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECASTED TO DEVELOP TONIGHT ALONG AND AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT THAT WILL SURGE NORTH THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON THURSDAY… BECOMING STATIONARY ACROSS THE NORTHERN MID-SOUTH COUNTIES BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. AT THE SAMETIME WIND FIELDS WILL BE INCREASING THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS WELL AS INSTABILITY. THIS WILL SET THE STAGE FOR STORMS TO BEGIN ROTATING… WITH THE GREATEST THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS A COLD FRONT ADVANCES EAST OVER THE AREA. TORNADOES… LARGE HAIL… DAMAGING WINDS AND A CONTINUED THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING IS LIKELY DURING THIS PERIOD.

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST SEVERE WEATHER EVENT OF THE YEAR AND RESIDENTS ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY RULES NOW IN PREPARATION FOR THIS STORM EVENT. STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS EXPECTED SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK.

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