Severe weather to hit South while high heat strikes West

Pingpong ball-sized hail has already fallen in Florida and Texas.

April 04, 2022, 4:11 PM

After two weeks of deadly storms ripping through states in the South, another severe storm is headed toward Texas and through Florida.

On Monday night, a new storm will begin to move into the South with severe thunderstorms expected from Dallas to Shreveport, Louisiana, and into Jackson, Mississippi. There is a strong possibility for damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes as well.

Already in the last 24 hours, there has been pingpong ball-sized hail falling across Texas and quarter-sized hail in Florida.

PHOTO: People look at their damaged house after tornados in Round Rock, Texas, on March 22, 2022.
People look at their damaged house after tornados in Round Rock, Texas, on March 22, 2022.
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On Tuesday, severe weather is expected in the Gulf Coast and the Southeast, from New Orleans to Charleston, South Carolina. Several tornadoes will be possible in Montgomery, Alabama, central Georgia and into South Carolina.

Another storm system from the West will begin to move into the same areas Wednesday, potentially bringing more damaging winds, a few tornadoes and large hail from Birmingham, Alabama, to Atlanta and into Asheville, North Carolina.

PHOTO: The Mississippi Department of Transportation digital message board warns drivers along I-55 southbound of a tornado warning during a rainstorm in Jackson, Miss., March 30, 2022.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation digital message board warns drivers along I-55 southbound of a tornado warning during a rainstorm in Jackson, Miss., March 30, 2022.
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In the West, an atmospheric river is pounding Washington and Oregon with up to several feet of snow in the mountains, and there is the threat of flooding in lower elevations around the states as well as the coast. Gusty winds from this storm will stretch from Washington to Wyoming, where gusts could reach as high as 100 mph.

Snow totals in the Cascades in Washington and Oregon could reach several feet in the next 48 hours. In the Rockies, up to a foot of snow is possible from Idaho to northern Colorado.

PHOTO: A car flipped upside down is seen after a tornado hit Arabi, New Orleans, La., March 23, 2022.
A car flipped upside down is seen after a tornado hit Arabi, New Orleans, La., March 23, 2022.
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Meanwhile, in the Southwest, particularly in parts of California, record-breaking heat is expected by the end of the week, with temperatures rising into the mid- to upper 90s in Burbank, Sacramento and San Jose. Some desert areas could see highs close to triple digits.

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