A strong winter storm is driving the jet stream deep into the south. Unfortunately, unseasonably warm temperatures resisting the cold front are creating a strong squall line weather event, which has placed much of the southeastern United States in a slight risk for severe weather yesterday and today. Today, almost the entire state of Georgia is within a slight risk area, defined by the Storm Prediction Center.
Through the night and into the morning continuing into today, strong winds and rotating cells, which have contained possible tornadoes, have left a wake of damage in their swath. Currently, areas ahead of the squall line are under a tornado watch, as instability ahead of the line is generating a dangerous threat for isolated rotating storm cells, which are all capable of producing tornadoes. Much of Georgia falls within a tornado watch at this time, meaning conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes.
Several storms within the line and ahead of the line have been severe warned and tornado warned for the imminent threat observed in the parameters of embedded and separate storm cells. Anyone in the southeast should have weather radios turned on and be listening for warnings to be ready to take shelter as needed.
This weather system is very similar to early spring systems we see as the weather starts to transition over to spring. Any warnings should be taken very seriously and because of the nature of the storm system, you might not be able to see the threat.