Look out for tornadoes and large hail over the Easter and Passover weekend

Several rounds of severe storms are forecast for much of the southern US this holiday weekend. Meteorologist Allison Chinchar has the latest forecast.

Posted: Apr 12, 2020 8:31 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2020 8:31 PM

As Americans celebrate Easter and Passover this weekend, many will have to contend with snow, hail and tornadoes.

A large storm system will bring severe weather to much of the Southeast on Saturday and Sunday.

"This is a classic springtime set-up," said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller. "Where a strong storm system is forming along the boundary between the last gasp of winter pushing down from Canada meeting warmer a more humid air from the Gulf of Mexico.

Get your local forecast for the weekend >>>

"Ultimately, the cold will win out," he said, "bringing temperatures 20-30 degrees below normal for much of the central US by the start of the workweek, but not before sparking off what could be dozens of damaging tornadoes and strong thunderstorms."

The severe storms will begin on Saturday across areas of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, where the main threats will be damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes.

Nearly 30 million people across five states will see strong to severe storms on Saturday afternoon and evening.

The storm threat increases on Sunday

By Sunday, the storm system is expected to intensify as it moves eastward.

Over 90 million people in nearly 20 states are at risk for severe weather on Sunday into Monday morning.

Track the storms with the CNN storm tracker >>>
The biggest threat will be damaging winds. Large hail, the size of tennis balls, is also likely.

But tornadoes are also in the forecast.

They have the potential to be large, long-track tornadoes. Meaning they could be on the ground for a considerable amount of time.

"Many significant tornado outbreaks are historically associated with the holidays that they happened to fall on, such as Palm Sunday in 1965, Super Tuesday 2008, and it certainly looks like Easter 2020 could be remembered as one of those infamous outbreaks," Miller said.

A possible second wave of severe storms

Meteorologists warn that after a storm passes, residents shouldn't let their guards down.

"For Georgia, we're expecting two possible waves of activity: the first will be in the afternoon on Sunday as a warm front moves through the area," said Kyle Thiem, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Atlanta. "The second wave of storms will likely come through overnight as the main system moves eastward."

Nocturnal tornadoes are common in the South and can be more deadly because people are sleeping.

Flash flooding is also expected in some mid-South states, such as Tennessee, North Carolina and portions of northern Georgia and Alabama, where rainfall totals could exceed 5 to 6 inches.

Most other areas will receive a total of 2 to 4 inches.

To stay abreast of dangerous conditions, officials advise residents to have multiple methods of receiving severe weather alerts, including weather radio and smart phone apps. For apps, make sure they're not on "do not disturb" or "silent" mode.

Four tornado safety tips that could save your life >>>

In the event of a tornado, sirens will likely sound. However, they're not intended to wake people up; they're meant to alert people who are outdoors that they need to go inside as quickly as possible.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 515504

Reported Deaths: 10296
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34999558
DeSoto33360432
Hinds32743643
Jackson24906392
Rankin22565405
Lee16455245
Madison14954283
Jones14158248
Forrest13834260
Lauderdale12311323
Lowndes11357193
Lamar10693140
Pearl River9748244
Lafayette8868143
Hancock7849132
Washington7559169
Oktibbeha7229138
Monroe7068179
Pontotoc7033110
Warren6885178
Panola6791135
Neshoba6744210
Marshall6707142
Bolivar6468151
Union643598
Pike5942157
Alcorn5921107
Lincoln5540136
George510680
Prentiss508285
Tippah495683
Itawamba4884107
Scott478999
Tate4777117
Adams4776125
Leflore4749144
Copiah458195
Yazoo458092
Simpson4566117
Wayne443472
Covington434895
Sunflower4319106
Marion4295112
Coahoma4244110
Leake414191
Newton396182
Tishomingo386894
Grenada3789109
Stone366166
Jasper341266
Attala340490
Chickasaw318367
Winston318392
Clay312978
Clarke301695
Calhoun286850
Holmes272889
Smith270552
Yalobusha244947
Tallahatchie232353
Greene225149
Walthall222166
Lawrence220242
Perry214556
Amite210357
Webster206548
Noxubee188843
Montgomery182157
Carroll175441
Jefferson Davis174343
Tunica163539
Benton153139
Kemper145441
Choctaw137027
Claiborne134839
Humphreys132239
Franklin126530
Quitman107828
Wilkinson106139
Jefferson97134
Sharkey65321
Issaquena1957
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 847659

Reported Deaths: 16172
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1163752005
Mobile743371381
Madison53434738
Shelby38413371
Baldwin38171589
Tuscaloosa36131643
Montgomery34571782
Lee25664264
Calhoun22622519
Morgan22527408
Etowah20059520
Marshall18821318
Houston17769426
St. Clair16946359
Limestone16192220
Cullman16140305
Elmore15948295
Lauderdale15055307
Talladega14244302
DeKalb13061271
Walker12138380
Blount10765193
Autauga10545157
Jackson10204195
Coffee9435192
Colbert9363210
Dale9038192
Tallapoosa7283202
Russell710165
Chilton7078170
Covington6967197
Escambia6962144
Franklin6364108
Chambers5795142
Marion5435130
Dallas5302210
Pike5128109
Clarke485686
Lawrence4845130
Winston4785110
Geneva4650136
Bibb435495
Barbour370180
Butler3444101
Marengo342793
Monroe338366
Randolph337767
Pickens334790
Fayette331485
Henry321066
Cherokee319964
Hale318889
Crenshaw261678
Washington256852
Cleburne255460
Lamar253555
Clay252069
Macon245767
Conecuh193562
Coosa185847
Wilcox178338
Lowndes178268
Bullock152745
Perry141840
Sumter139741
Greene130345
Choctaw94328
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Cloudy
65° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 65°
Columbus
Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 64°
Oxford
Cloudy
° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: °
Starkville
Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 66°
Rain coming in this weekend as a cold front moves through the area bringing cooler temperatures on into the start of next week.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather