Storms on Radar Headed East
Over the past 90 minutes, large thunderstorms have blossomed ahead of a strong cold front In Arkansas and Missouri. They are moving east at about 40-45 MPH.
That will put them in The Shoals just after midnight, and through Huntsville, Decatur and Athens between 2 and 4 AM. Storms will be diminishing as they move east overnight, so the severe threat will be less and less as the hours go by and the storms move into a less favorable environment.
The storm system responsible for the rainy, stormy weather is still well west of the initial line of storms. The cold front at 6 PM was still in Northwest Arkansas. As it moves southeast into some very warm, unstable air near the Mississippi River, storms will continue to intensify. There is also a large degree of wind shear in that region as well, and there is a little more pronounced tornado threat between Jackson, Memphis, Monroe and Little Rock this evening:
The Bottom Line:
-Some storms could be severe after midnight (mainly west of I-65)
-The threat will diminish as storms move east; however, “diminish” does not mean “vanish completely.” We will be watching all storms tonight to make sure you’re aware of any threats that could develop.
-This is not going to be a major severe weather episode, but just one damaging storm is a big deal for those in its path. We don’t think you should sit up all night worrying about it. The best way to get some sleep and stay aware of the weather is to have either a NOAA Weather Radio or some kind of mobile application like MyWarn or iMap Weather Radio to alert you if a warning is issued for your location. NOAA Weather Radio is the best bet, but those pay-apps are much more location-specific.
-Live Alert 19 is a great resource to watch live streaming radar, and if we do go on the air for severe weather in our viewing area, you can watch it live there.
Again, we do not anticipate widespread severe weather, but we will be on guard for you no matter what happens!