The thunderstorms will press into the lower Mississippi Valley Thursday night. The cities of Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Shreveport, La.; and Jackson, Miss.; will be threatened.
The area from New Orleans, La., to Lexington, Ky., will lie in the threat zone on Friday. This also includes Birmingham, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn.
The strongest thunderstorms from Thursday afternoon to Friday have the potential to produce damaging winds, window-shattering hail and blinding downpours. Tornadoes may also touch down and cause destruction. The tornado threat will be the greatest with the severe weather Thursday afternoon and evening.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski