Tornado Outbreak Expected Along with Severe Storms in South on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

An outbreak of tornadoes is possible in portions of the South on Wednesday afternoon and evening, federal forecasters warned.

Northern portions of Alabama and Mississippi and parts of Tennessee will have an “enhanced risk” of damaging weather in Wednesday’s storms, forecasters said.

“A few tornadic supercells are possible, along with sporadic damaging gusts and isolated severe hail,” the Storm Prediction Center said in its storm outlook for Wednesday.

The risk of severe weather on Wednesday also extends into parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia and the Carolinas, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

This latest severe weather threat comes just over two weeks after a devastating tornado outbreak left entire towns in ruins and at least 92 people dead, mostly in Kentucky.

While Wednesday’s storms are expected to remain south of the hardest-hit areas, any rain or wind will be enough to hinder cleanup efforts for a time, AccuWeather said.

A spring-like weather pattern is to blame for the storm threat, meteorologists said. Unseasonably warm conditions, an abundance of moisture and a developing storm system will set the stage in the South for the severe weather.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice

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