Severe weather expected in area tonight, Saturday

April 23, 2010 3:24:00 PM



Forecasters say Mississippi and Alabama are in store for a round of violent weather that could include tornadoes. 


Heavy rain, hail and damaging winds are all possible from strong storms the National Weather Services says will move through Mississippi into Alabama this evening, and again Saturday afternoon into Sunday. 


The National Weather Service says strong storms will begin moving into western Alabama late Friday from Mississippi. Forecasters say the system has the potential to spawn a major outbreak of long-lived tornadoes across central Alabama. 


The threat of bad weather will continue through the day on Saturday. Aside from twisters, forecaster say large hail and flooding are possible. 


"The severe weather and heavy rain threat will spread across the Southeast over the weekend, with severe storms possible in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys on Saturday," a report on said. "An outbreak of tornadoes is possible across the Deep South Saturday spreading across the Southeast Saturday night into Sunday. Damaging winds and large hail are also possible with any severe storms over the weekend. Heavy rain is possible across the Midwest Saturday, spreading into the Mid-Atlantic Saturday night and Sunday." 


The weather service says the danger should end by Sunday.