High Risk of Severe Weather in the South, Critical Fire Danger in central US


There is a risk of severe weather for six states in the South, flash flood threat for 7 states, critical fire weather warnings for the central US and West, snow in the West, wintry mix in the upper Midwest, thunderstorms, and rain in the East.

Severe weather and flooding threat in the South

At least six states in the South are under severe weather, with potential flooding for at least seven southern states on Tuesday, as the risk of potential severe weather will continue in the South and southeast through Thursday.

The highest risk is in five states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. A Level-3 severe weather risk stretches from Baton Rouge to Savannah to Charleston and as far north as Tuscaloosa and just south of Atlanta. Northern Florida is under a level-to alert for severe weather.

NWS weather alerts for Tuesday

Here are the latest weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) for Tuesday:

Tornado warning: southeast and eastern Mississippi; southwest and western Alabama.

Tornado watch: Southern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, central and southern Alabama, Florida Panhandle.

Severe thunderstorm warning: southeast and eastern Mississippi; southern, southwest, and western Alabama.

Flood watch: southeastern Georgia; Florida Panhandle.

Red flag warning for portions of South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma Panhandle, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, southeastern Nevada; western Arizona.

High wind watch, warning and advisory for portions of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Southern California.

Heat advisory: Southern California.

Strong winds, critical fire weather possible in central US, West

The central US and the West will see strong winds on Tuesday. The highest risk of damaging winds will occur in parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. At least eight states in the region are under a red flag alert for Tuesday.

The 3-day forecast

Here is the 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Tuesday: Snow in the West, strong winds, thunderstorms, rain

Snow in the West and over the Rockies for portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, where it could be heavy in isolated spots, as well as over parts of Nebraska, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Heavy snow is possible for northeastern Minnesota.

A wintry mix over parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan and Iowa.

Thunderstorms stretch from the central US to the East.

Rain over the Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic, and parts of the Northeast.

Severe thunderstorms and flooding threat in the South and Southeast, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

Critical fire weather for parts of the central US and West.

Wednesday: Severe weather, thunderstorms, isolated snow

Isolated snow in the West over parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska, with potential heavy snow over northeastern Minnesota.

wintry mix over parts of Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

Severe thunderstorms in the South over 9 states with potential flooding over parts of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. Thunderstorms extend into the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic. Rain for the Northeast.

Critical fire weather risk over parts of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Thursday: Snow, thunderstorms, severe weather

A line of thunderstorms will stretch over the entirety of the East Coast from Florida to Maine, where there is the risk of severe weather over North Carolina and Virginia.

Snow over the upper Midwest and West for portions of Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan.

Rain over the mid-South, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast.

Critical fire weather possible over parts of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.