Severe Thunderstorm Threat, Including Tornadoes, Sweeps Into South, Ohio Valley Saturday

Jonathan Belles
Published: March 25, 2017

Severe thunderstorms, including the threat of tornadoes, will slide east into parts of the South, Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley Saturday.

Current Radar with Watches, Warnings

Strong winds at jet stream level are out of the southwest and will contribute to the strong wind shear – change in wind speed and direction with height – needed to help sustain supercell thunderstorms. 

(MORE: Tornado Central)

At the surface, a strong area of low pressure will push eastward through the mid-Mississippi Valley into the Midwest by Saturday night.

Moisture will also spread northward ahead of this system, increasing the chance for severe thunderstorm development.

(MORE: Where to Expect Tornadoes in March)



  • The cold front will slide across the Mississippi River into the Ohio Valley and South with showers and thunderstorms.
  • Severe storms are possible in parts of the lower and mid-Mississippi Valley into parts of the Deep South, as well as portions of the Ohio Valley and Tennessee Valley.
  • Damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain and perhaps a tornado are the primary threats.

Thunderstorm Forecast For Saturday

Another round of severe storms is possible on Sunday and Monday in parts of the Plains and South. For more on that story, see the link below.

(MORE: Numerous Severe Weather Threats Likely to End March Like a Lion)

Storm Reports

On Thursday, a wind gust of 81 mph was recorded at the Ulysses Airport in western Kansas and a gust of 70 mph was reported at the Grand Island Airport in Nebraska. Hail up to 2 inches in diameter was observed as far north as Westgate, Iowa while golf-ball size hail was observed in Midland, Texas.

Friday into Friday night, strong winds were reported from eastern Texas into northern Louisiana and into Arkansas.

An EF2 tornado was confirmed near Cato, Arkansas Friday night. Six people were injured and four mobile homes were destroyed. 

There was also a report of a tornado near Baytown, Texas with a mobile home moved.

In Ringgold, Louisiana, several homes were damaged and a church was destroyed and near Marshall, Texas a semi truck was overturned on Interstate 20.

MORE: Tornadoes in the Midwest, March 6, 2017

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