Published March 31, 2013
After an already stormy start to the holiday weekend, some severe storms could ruin plans for Easter Sunday.
While thunderstorms are forecast across much of eatern Texas and the Deep South throughout the day, the threat for severe weather will even be in the morning.
With the strongest of thunderstorms, the main severe threats will be damaging winds and hail. Blinding downpours and dangerous lightning will be more widespread across the South.
An isolated tornado or two is also possible.
Unlike the last several days, the mostly likely zone for severe weather is closer to the Gulf of Mexico.
Cities within the zone of severe weather include Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Augustine Texas to Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria, La.
Farther east, the cities of Jackson, McComb and Hattiesburg Miss., as well as west of I-43 in southwestern Alabama have the potential to get some severe afternoon storms.
Not all of the thunderstorms on Sunday are expected to be severe.
A cold front extending from a storm center in Kentucky on Sunday is the mechanism helping ignite the storms across the South, reaching as far east as the Carolinas.
The warm moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and dry Southwest air combined is providing the favorable concoction for severe weather from eastern Texas to western Alabama.