(WJHL) – A very strong, spring-like weather system will be tracking across the southeast today into the weekend. The severe weather threat for today stays well off to our southwest. A level 4 out of 5 for severe weather exists for portions of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. These locations have a high risk for damaging winds and tornadoes today.
The system moves our way Saturday evening. East Tennessee is included in a Marginal Risk for severe weather, or a level 1 out of 5. A squall line will move in bringing the threat of damaging winds and heavy rain.
As of the Friday midday update, here is the latest on the timing of storms. This can change slightly from today until tomorrow. Storm Team 11 will continue to update the timing throughout the day.
The overall timing looks to be from 5 p.m. through 11 p.m. as far as any severe threat. Rain may linger around across the region after the initial line.
Damaging winds will be the main threat with the squall line. The flash flooding threat and rainfall totals remain low due to the speed of the system. The hail threat is little to none. The possibility of a brief spin up is there, but overall wind damage is the primary threat.
Outside of thunderstorms, winds will still be a threat. A High Wind Warning is in effect for the east TN mountains and foothills through Saturday evening. Winds here will be sustained from 25-40 mph and gusts up to hurricane force are possible. A Wind Advisory is in effect for western North Carolina and portions of southwest Virginia. Here winds can gusts up to 40-50 mph.
Near-record high temperatures are added fuel to any storms on Saturday.