Now onto the severe weather for today.
Last year, we had such a benign severe weather season. It practically didn't exist. Now I feel like singing that old John Lennon song, "Nobody told me there'd be days like these!" This year has been the most active severe weather season I've experienced in my 12 years of forecasting.
Today, all modes of severe weather are possible between 3pm-2am Tuesday: large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes and heavy rain. Most of the bad weather should roll in after the kids are home from school and after most people have gotten home from work. However, this event has the potential to be worse than the February 5 tornado outbreak, which killed over 50 people in Arkansas and Tennessee (Mississippi saw injuries, but no deaths thankfully). It will be gusty today with wind gusts up to 30-40 mph, which could cause some minor damage ahead of the cold front. Make sure you have your weather radio on with batteries in hand as I'm sure some in our viewing area will lose electricity. If you hear the sirens go off where you are, get your family to a safe place. If you don't live near a siren, listen for the warnings on WLBT or your weather radio. We'll be in this together, so let's hope for the best.
I've posted the National Weather Service's latest graphic. Take a look at it and find your county.