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Severe weather threat Wednesday night and early Thursday; damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes possible

Stay with the Local 24 Storm Team to keep you and your family safe when storms roll through the Mid-South Wednesday night into Thursday morning
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We woke up to an enhanced risk for severe weather Wednesday night into early Thursday Morning. That is a level 3 out of 5 on the scale of likelihood/severity as a very strong cold front moves through the area.

These thunderstorms will likely develop as sparkles upstream of the area and gradually form into a line as they move into the Mid-South. There is a BIG concern with winds. The threat is high,so damage is concerning but more importantly in the world of quarantine, power outages, stockpiled frozen goods. 

We are in no way trying to scare you. We just want you to be prepared in the event we do lose power in a situation like this. 

Otherwise-large hail is also a concern. Tornado threat is really IMO right on the line of low/moderate meaning we could see a few develop. Flash flooding isn't a concern but localized heavy rainfall is possible. 

Wednesday we will be warm in the 80's with muggy conditions and sunshine which is fuel for this fire. By Thursday, we will be 20 degrees cooler.

Next concern is timing. This is entirely overnight, worst time possible since most are fast asleep! 

PLEASE make sure you have multiple ways to receive updates on over night whether through your phone and the new Local 24 app or a weather radio.

Chief Meteorologist John Bryant and Chelsea Chandler will both be in studio to track this overnight to keep you safe and informed.