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Severe Storms Threaten The Deep South

8:15 PM EST, December 5, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman

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Despite a winter storm bringing everything from sleet, heavy snow, and freezing rain, temperatures are warm enough ahead of it to help bubble up some severe weather through early Friday morning. Threats will range from damaging thunderstorm winds to isolated tornadoes.

A cold front slicing southward across the Heartland is dividing frigid Arctic air from warm and moist Gulf air along the southern U.S. This clash of air masses, along with an area of low pressure riding along this boundary, will be the focus for severe storms and possibly tornadoes through the evening and early overnight hours of Friday morning.

Due to the threat, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a Slight Risk of severe storms across a small part of central Alabama and central Georgia, including the metropolitan Atlanta area. The biggest threat will be from damaging thunderstorm winds of more than 60 mph, along with the threat for isolated tornadoes.

The storms are expected to weaken as they continue into early Friday morning, but shower and thunderstorm chances will continue across the Southeast on Friday afternoon as well.

If you live in an area that could be threatened by thunderstorms, be sure to download the mobile WeatherBug app on your smart phone. The mobile apps now include Spark Lightning Alerts, a GPS-based lightning detection feature providing you the location of the closest lightning strike, so you can Know Before the storm hits. Click here for the link to download.

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