First Alert: Increasing chances for storms Monday night, some severe

First Alert: Increasing chances for storms Monday night, some severe
As the rain continue to fall to the north, a cold pool of air will start to glide south. Along this cold pool, storms may develop. (Source: WDAM)

PINE BELT (WDAM) - The Storm Prediction Center continues to highlight a portion of our area with a Marginal Risk for severe weather, mainly across our northern counties. But an additional risk for storms, that may be able to sustain a brief and weak tornado, may develop later this afternoon and evening along the cold pool that will slide south into our area.

What to expect:

As the rain continues to fall to the north, a cold pool of air will start to glide south. Along this cold pool, storms may develop. If so, there is going to be a brief window of opportunity for a tornado threat across parts of our northern counties between Highway 84 and Interstate 20.

Basically it is all about timing and location. This is going to be a pretty conditional threat. But the goal is to keep everyone from being surprised or caught off-guard by any warnings.

Threats:

A few storms may develop that would have a tendency to become better organized with heavy rain, frequent lightning, small hail, gusty wind and the potential for a brief and weak tornado. If a tornado does develop, it would be an EF-0 or EF-1.

Timing:

Storms would be most likely between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. tonight.

Unknowns:

A lot is unknown at this point. Due to the nature of how these storms may develop, the threat is very conditional at this point.

More Info

For more scientific information on this - and other - forecasts, you can get extra details and a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick's Blog.

Preparations:

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