The Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather outlook for December 29, 2021.
It’s a pattern that feels more like early spring than early winter. We could see severe thunderstorms every day through this weekend across the southern United States as an active weather pattern descends over the eastern part of the country. All modes of severe weather are possible, including tornadoes.
Wednesday’s risk for severe weather appears to be the greatest threat of next couple of days. A weak low-pressure system will move across the southeastern states toward the Mid-Atlantic during the day on Wednesday into Thursday. There’s enough instability and lift to the south of the low to allow widespread thunderstorms to develop over the southeast.
Severe thunderstorms are likely across most of the Deep South on Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center issued an enhanced risk, a three out of five on the categorical scale measuring the risk for severe weather, across portions of the Mid-South, including Memphis.
The enhanced risk is in effect because of the threat for tornadoes on Wednesday afternoon and evening. In addition to the risk for tornadoes, the predominant risk with Wednesday’s storms will be straight-line wind damage.
By Thursday morning, a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms will cover most of the southeast from New Orleans to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. This severe threat is relatively low, with damaging winds and a tornado or two possible as a broken line of thunderstorms leftover from Wednesday night pushes through the rest of the region.
The Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather outlook for Friday, December 31, 2021.
We’ll see a renewed threat for severe weather across the Mid-South and the Mississippi River Valley on Friday as a Colorado low develops and pushes through the center of the country. All modes of severe weather are possible again on Friday.
Saturday will feature our fourth day in a row with a threat for severe weather, this time covering most of the Deep South. The Storm Prediction Center says the best chance for strong storms on New Year’s Day will likely fall in eastern Mississippi and the northern half of Alabama.
Severe weather is dangerous any time of the year, but it’s especially dangerous in the winter. Many wintertime severe thunderstorms tend to occur after sunset when folks are tuned out or asleep. Check your smartphone and ensure that wireless emergency alerts are activated for tornado warnings, and keep the phone where you can hear it at night. This feature could save your life.
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