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Severe storms, tornadoes to strike Mississippi Valley on Groundhog Day

February 1, 2016 3:34 PM |

mississippitwister-4_3A severe storm system is likely to kick off February for the Mississippi Valley. This system will become more potent on Groundhog Day (2nd February). This is a result of an interaction between warm and moist air along the Gulf Coast and a strong cold front moving in an easterly direction.

On Tuesday, the threat of thunderstorms will loom with some of these thunderstorms turning severe across several states ranging from southern Illinois and Indiana to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The strongest thunderstorms will have the potential to produce tornadoes as well as damaging winds gusting in excess of 100 kmph.

The main impact of this system will be felt on Tuesday over the region. Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain will be the major threats across the region. The area which will be impacted lies between Little Rock and Nashville on Tuesday afternoon into early evening. Heavy rain will result in isolated flash flooding across the region. This will result in travel disruptions.

This system will move eastwards on Tuesday night. Post this the major action of this storm will move swiftly northwards into Canada on Wednesday. Behind this storm system there will be a blast of cold air for much of northern and eastern US by the weekend.

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