While a winter storm churns to their north, residents of the lower Mississippi Valley will face a severe weather threat on Saturday.
As a strong cold front dives the southern United States, it will clash with warm and humid air, causing the development of thunderstorms.
On Friday night, storms marched through eastern Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Frequent lightning and small hail occurred in many storms, and some across Louisiana were strong enough to threaten tornado development.
The greatest risk of severe weather will be on Saturday and include much of eastern Louisiana, Mississippi and western Alabama.
While a tornado or two cannot be ruled out on Saturday, “the tornado threat is low,” AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Billy Clark said.
Anyone with outdoor plans in the Mississippi Valley that day should keep an eye on the sky. Download the free AccuWeather app for up-to-date warnings and alerts for your area. It will be important to find proper shelter before the dangerous weather arrives.
In the wake of this event, overnight temperatures will plummet to near or below freezing on Saturday and Sunday night. Sensitive plants should be protected or brought inside, and proper shelter should be provided for outdoor pets.