- The risk of severe storms will spread across parts of the Southeast on Tuesday.
- Damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible.
- Heavy rain is also expected locally.
The threat of strong to severe thunderstorms will spread southeastward Tuesday as a low pressure system slides eastward.
Damaging winds and a few tornadoes are the main concern. Local heavy rain could lead to flash flooding, but overall rain will be welcome.
This is happening now: Showers and thunderstorms are increasing in the South-East. All watches and warnings are plotted on the map below.
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Tuesday’s forecast: A few tornadoes and damaging wind gusts are possible across southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle Tuesday morning through the afternoon.
The severe threat will move into Georgia and the Carolinas Tuesday afternoon and continue into early Wednesday. Damaging winds and possibly a few brief tornadoes are possible.
Local heavy rains may also lead to flash flooding in a few locations in southeastern Alabama and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through the mid-Atlantic.
What fuels bad weather: Weather conditions in the Lower 48 haven’t been conducive to severe thunderstorms recently, but that has changed.
A low pressure system will move south and east during the first half of this week. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will increase northward ahead of the cold front associated with this system, increasing instability in the atmosphere.
Severe thunderstorms in the South are not unusual, as this is where warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico can encounter strong cold fronts and jet stream winds.
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