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Severe weather to threaten outdoor Easter Sunday celebrations from Memphis to Indianapolis

By By Renee Duff, meteorologist
March 29, 2016, 7:06:56 AM EDT

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Severe storms will erupt across the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys as many head out to enjoy Easter festivities on Sunday.

“While the morning will be mainly dry, a front approaching the region will ignite a few strong thunderstorms Sunday afternoon, ruining any afternoon outdoor plans,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.

Cities under the threat zone for severe storms on Sunday afternoon include Memphis and Dyersburg, Tennessee; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Paducah, Kentucky; and Evansville, Illinois.

Storms will shift farther east during the evening, threatening Nashville; Louisville and Bowling Green, Kentucky; Cincinnati; and Indianapolis.


“Damaging winds, torrential downpours and hail will be the main threats into Sunday evening,” Pydynowski stated.

A few isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

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Travelers will want to remain on alert for rapidly changing weather conditions before hitting the roadways. Keep up to date on the latest weather information by using AccuWeather Minutecast®.

Anyone taking part in outdoor Easter egg hunts or family gatherings should keep a close eye on watches and warnings and seek shelter as soon as the first watch is issued or rumble of thunder is heard.

Sudden bursts of wind from the storms could disrupt any unsecured outdoor tents or Easter decorations.

Flash flooding could also be a concern due to the recent heavy rainfall across Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. The ground is nearly saturated in many areas, while river flooding continues in some locations.

Motorists should watch for pooling of water on roadways, especially in low-lying and poor-drainage areas.

Once the front exits the region early Monday morning, sunshine will return for the early part of the new week.

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