Severe weather could bring tornadoes in the South and thunderstorms in the Northeast


A winter storm system across the country is expected to bring severe weather to the south and northeast.

About 16 million people are at risk for a severe weather outbreak Tuesday in the lower Mississippi and Tennessee River Valleys, which includes parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Strong tornadoes and long-range tornadoes will be possible, along with baseball-sized hail or larger and potentially destructive winds of 75 mph.

A tornado lookout was issued as of Tuesday afternoon by the National Weather Service for an area including northeastern Louisiana, southern Arkansas and central Mississippi.

The agency described the threat of tornadoes as “a particularly dangerous situation” and warned those in the area to be prepared.

Jackson, Mississippi, is in the center of the severe weather risk area, and other cities to watch include Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; Birmingham, Alabama; and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Since sunset falls before 5 p.m. in most of the risk area, most dangerous storms will occur after dark. This will increase the danger, as nighttime tornadoes are 2.5 times more likely to kill than daytime ones.

Flood watches are also in effect along parts of the east-central Gulf Coast, where storms could cause flash flooding Wednesday morning.

The storm system moves east on Wednesday, bringing strong thunderstorms, heavy rain and wind to the east coast. Rain and wind will be the main weather drivers for the Mid-Atlantic to New England area, with strong storms possible from Georgia to northern Florida.

Atlanta; Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans; and Tallahassee, Florida, could all see strong storms, especially in the first half of the day.

It’s likely to rain in New York City ahead of the Rockefeller Center tree lighting on Wednesday. There will also be wind gusts close to 40 mph in the city, with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees.

More than 1,990 flights to or from US airports were delayed and 233 flights were canceled as of 1:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday, according to Most of those cancellations — 150 — were at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where Alaska Airlines canceled 90 flights due to expected winter weather in the area.

“Our flight operations will be affected on Tuesday and throughout the week,” the airline said in a statement. “Additional cancellations are possible as we assess the impact of weather on our operation.”

The north side of this cross-country storm system will bring snow, which will hit the Upper Midwest.

As of Tuesday morning, snow moved across parts of the central Rockies and northern Great Plains, into the Upper Midwest, including parts of Iowa and Minnesota.

This snow region is expected to move further east and into places like the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area Tuesday afternoon and early evening. Some snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour can sometimes arrive around the evening rush hour.

A total of 3 to 6 inches of snow is likely through Wednesday from southern Minnesota through Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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