An unsettled weather pattern impacting the eastern U.S. will culminate over the western Tennessee Valley on Monday in the form of severe thunderstorms.
A storm moving into the Ohio Valley will make for a windy day throughout the Mississippi and Tennessee valleys.
These strong winds will blow warmth and moisture into the area from the Gulf of Mexico, providing plenty of fuel for thunderstorms.
“Thunderstorms will develop from western Kentucky to northern Mississippi Monday afternoon, and then move eastward into the night,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.
Storms are expected to fire throughout the day, particularly in southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky and western Tennessee.
Across eastern Arkansas, storms are most likely earlier in the day.
Residents of Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Paducah, Kentucky and Oxford, Mississippi, should stay up to date with local watches and warnings.
“Damaging winds, hail and flooding downpours will be the main threats from these storms,” Thompson said.
Strong winds and large hail could result from any storm, potentially causing power outages and property damage.
It will be important for commuters to keep an eye on the sky during rush hour. Threats include hail, which can damage windshields, and heavy rain that can quickly decrease visibility.
“The thunderstorms will weaken as they move eastward into eastern Kentucky and Tennessee later tonight,” Thompson said.
This area of storms will diminish to just rain and some rumbles of thunder as it moves into the mid-Atlantic and North Carolina on Tuesday.
However, the threat of severe weather will be renewed in the southern Plains on Tuesday.