Severe weather threat on Saturday, hail and a brief tornado possible

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

The risk for severe weather is a Level 2 (out of 5) for this morning.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

Forecasters said scattered to numerous severe storms will be possible this afternoon and into tonight along and ahead of a cold front.

As the sun rises Saturday, storms and possibly tornadoes will likely be moving through east Texas and parts of north Louisiana and Arkansas, the National Weather Service is projecting. After the line of storms moves east later this morning, the rest of Saturday will be warm, sunny, and windy.

A wind advisory has been issued for some of the area and after the storms push through, those areas can expect remaining non-storm gusts over 40 miles per hour. That poses a particular danger as many people are often asleep.

Forecasters across the region were studying computer models and tracking the system's progress.

Weather service meteorologist Marlene Mickelson in Memphis, Tennessee, said there were no reports of injuries from the storm in Walnut.

Forecasters said numerous affected areas were also at risk for flooding.

"So it's a very delicate balance - we don't need the rain, but we're hoping that maybe the atmosphere will stay more rain-cooled throughout the day and help mitigate the severe weather threat", he said.

Authorities say two small tornadoes touched down briefly in central Arkansas, downing power lines and destroying several buildings.

The watches come just a week after powerful twisters swept through Alabama and killed 23 people.

There were no reports of any deaths or injuries from the widespread storms, which came almost a week after a large tornado killed 23 people in Alabama amid an outbreak of Southern twisters.

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