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First Alert Weather Day: Stormy start to 2022, severe storms possible

Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 12:41 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2022 at 11:45 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - We are starting the New Year with a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY as more showers and storms will develop through the day along a cold front.

All modes of severe weather will be possible with damaging winds, heavy rain, and large hail being the main threats.

Severe Outlook for Jan 1, 2022
Severe Outlook for Jan 1, 2022(WMC)

Storms could also fire ahead of the line this afternoon especially across north Mississippi. These storms will have the greatest chance of producing tornadoes, some of which could be strong if they take advantage of the warm and unstable atmosphere in place.

Additionally, portions of west Tennesee and northern Mississippi are under a WIND ADVISORY until 6 PM this evening. Gusts up to 40 mph at times is possible.

WIND ADVISORY until 6 PM this evening
WIND ADVISORY until 6 PM this evening(WMC)

Flooding will also be a concern, especially for areas north and west of Memphis where ongoing training rain has and will persist through the morning.

A FLOOD WATCH is in effect through 6 PM Saturday. Estimated rainfall amounts are between 1 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

Flood Watch in effect for areas in green until 6 PM Saturday, January 1, 2022
Flood Watch in effect for areas in green until 6 PM Saturday, January 1, 2022(WMC)

Most likely time frames for severe weather today. Note that areas north of the I-40 corridor will likely have prolonged heavy rainfall throughout the day, even after the main line has passed.

HAVE A WAY TO GET ALERTS!

Be sure to download the WMC First Alert weather app for Apple or Android to your smartphone or tablet. It’s FREE and will give you instant access to current weather conditions and forecasts for your specific location.

You’ll also have a live, interactive radar and should any advisories or warnings be issued for your location you will get them instantly on your phone or tablet.

How to download the WMC First Alert Weather app
How to download the WMC First Alert Weather app

11:30 a.m. -- Severe storm damage reported in parts of Memphis

10:35 a.m. -- Tornado Watch in effect for west Tennessee counties including Benton, Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy until 6 p.m.

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