Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Tornado watch issued for Monroe, Randolph counties

Tornado watch issued for Monroe, Randolph counties

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in effect until 10 p.m. for much of eastern Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and west central Arkansas.

A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.

There were also multiple reports of downed power lines, trees and street flooding in the morning, but all roads were cleared by early Saturday afternoon, according to the city-parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Twitter account. The system was moving over states like MS and Alabama on Saturday, he said. All modes of severe weather will be possible, including the threat of potentially strong and long track tornadoes.

The Weather Service said Madison should see rain and more rain Friday and Saturday, before the rain starts to switch to a rain/snow/freezing rain mix on Sunday. It was set to expire for 7 p.m., but was extended until 9 p.m., then canceled shortly before 8 p.m. Otherwise, the day will be partly sunny, with a high near 53 and west wind of 11 to 15 miles per hour. A National Weather Service forecaster said it's likely that officials won't be able to conduct a survey to determine if the damage actually resulted from a tornado touchdown until Sunday.

A strong tornado can not be ruled out.

That area has been put in an "Enhanced" risk of severe weather.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening for most of the southern two-thirds of Minnesota, roughly south of a line from Fergus Falls to Brainerd to Hinckley.

Freeze Warnings have been issued for Monday morning with another cold morning to start the work-week. Southwest to west winds of 45 to 50 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 70 miles per hour, were predicted for impacted areas.

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