Another Risk of Tornadoes Comes for the South and Ohio Valley

Just one week after severe storms produced four dozen tornadoes across the South, another potent weather system brings the likelihood of severe weather to some of the same places.

What You Need To Know

  • Some severe weather is possible in Texas Wednesday evening
  • More widespread severe storms are likely farther east on Thursday
  • Mississippi and Alabama face a chance of strong tornadoes and damaging wind again
  • Active storms may reach as far north as southwestern Ohio

The threat for severe weather begins Wednesday evening, mainly stretching from Central Texas to the Arklatex. Storms there may produce damaging wind and hail, although a few tornadoes are also possible.

The higher risk of severe weather comes Thursday, especially in Mississippi and Alabama–two of the same states hit by tornadoes last week. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a “moderate” risk of severe weather there, the agency’s second-highest risk level. The ingredients for strong tornadoes appear likely in that region, along with powerful wind and large hail.

Severe storms may happen as far north as the Ohio Valley. In that region, the odds of storms being severe are higher over southwestern Kentucky, tapering down some toward southern Ohio. Those places should still be weather-aware, because the strongest storms will still have the potential to bring damaging winds and tornadoes.

If storms are indeed severe in the Ohio Valley, that would most likely happen in the late afternoon and evening in Kentucky and after dark in Ohio.

Storms will have less punch to them as they move toward the Northeast and East Coast on Friday.

Two Weeks of Severe in the South

Severe weather looks to be focused in the same area hit by strong winds and numerous tornadoes just last week. The Storm Prediction Center issued the top threat level, a high risk, over parts of the Deep South on March 17.

While high-end tornadoes thankfully did not materialize, there were still 33 confirmed tornadoes that day. Four of them were rated EF-2. Nearly 80 high wind reports also came in that day.

The same storm system produced 13 more tornadoes from Florida to Virginia the following day, including three in North Carolina.