Midwest and South Brace for Weekend of Dangerous Weather

A strong storm system could bring more severe weather — including tornadoes, damaging winds and hail — to much of the country this weekend.

As the storm moves over the Rockies toward the plains, the weather is expected to linger through at least Tuesday.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, which monitors severe weather across the United States, this storm poses a serious risk of tornadoes across parts of the country, with southern Missouri, Arkansas, northeast Texas, northern Louisiana, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee having the greatest risk of violent tornadoes.

The SPC said it may upgrade tomorrow’s threat level to “high risk.” This would be the first “high risk” threat this year – a warning that is typically issued only a few times a year.

According to the SPC, this year has been one of the quietest tornado seasons in U.S. history, and we have set a record for going the longest into a new year without a tornado fatality.

CNN meteorologist Matt Daniels predicts a slight risk of severe storms Saturday evening from central Texas into southeast South Dakota. This may include damaging winds and large hail, but does not rule out a few tornadoes.

Sunday, the moderate risk of storms expands to include the area from Houston north to Des Moines, Iowa. Strong tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail are possible in the afternoon and evening.

Monday, the severe weather advances further east into northeast Louisiana, Mississippi, northwest Alabama and western Tennessee. There is also a slight risk of storms stretching into the Midwest, north Georgia and western South Carolina and North Carolina. These storms could produce damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes (some could be strong) throughout the day.

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SOURCE: Kisa Mlela Santiago

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