By Jordan Root – AccuWeather
A significant storm will take shape as February kicks off and those living in the Mississippi Valley and Deep South should be on alert for severe weather on Groundhog Day.
“The severe weather event will unfold as a warm and moist air mass located along the Gulf Coast collides with a strong cold front moving east,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott said.
The threat for thunderstorms will unfold on Tuesday with the potential for some of them to turn severe in several states from southern Illinois and Indiana to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The strongest thunderstorms will have the potential to spin up a few tornadoes as well as damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph that could topple trees and bring down power lines. Power outages are also possible.