Thunderstorms will continue to rumble across the Plains Friday, spreading the threat of severe weather from Texas to Tennessee.
These storms will have the potential to produce not only drenching downpours and damaging winds, but also isolated tornadoes starting Friday afternoon and continuing into Friday night.
Some cities in the line of these storms include Houston and Tyler, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; Nashville and Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson and Southaven, Miss.; and Shreveport, La.
A few showers or thunderstorms are expected across the lower Mississippi Valley Friday morning before stronger thunderstorms develop during the afternoon and evening.
According to Severe Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski, "The storms later on Friday and Friday night can reach portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, while potentially bringing a second round of severe weather to portions of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas Friday afternoon."
The timing of these storms can highly impact those on the roads during the evening commute, including those traveling along the I-20, I-30 and I-49 corridors.
Heavy downpours can reduce visibility and cause water to pool on the roadways. This rises the risk of hydroplaning, making it more difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles.
Storms can also cause flight delays with gusty winds and reduced visibility, making it difficult for airplanes to take off and land. Folks already on board their plane might find themselves spending some extra time on the tarmac until the storms blow over.
Hail as large as golf balls cannot be ruled out with these storms either.
The threat of severe weather is expected to continue into the first half of the weekend as the system responsible for these thunderstorms tracks over the East.
"Locally severe thunderstorms are possible from the central and eastern portions of the Carolinas to southern Georgia on Saturday," Kottlowski said.
The main threat from Saturday's storms will be damaging wind gusts before the thunderstorms move off the coast Saturday evening.