A severe weather threat is on the increase for Monday, and while the risk is "Slight", it appears that the Storm Prediction Center may consider raising that threat level to "Enhanced".
NWS Atlanta talked about the event in their AFD this morning:
"Instabilities increase during the day Monday with muCAPE increasing into the 800-1800j/kg range and shear and lapse rate values staying up as well. There is not as much deep moisture present but with a secondary cold front sweeping around the parent low and daytime high temps in the 60's and 70's... the atmosphere will be primed for severe storms to develop. SPC also agrees and has placed the majority of the state under a slight risk for day 3 with NW and west central GA under a 10 percent hatched area for significant severe weather. Will be keeping a close eye on this over the next few days"
The following is from the Storm Prediction Center, the bold are my highlights:
Day 3 Convective Outlook
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
0227 AM CDT Sat Mar 17 2018
Valid 191200Z - 201200Z
...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MUCH OF AL... GA... SOUTHERN TN... AS WELL AS NORTHERN FL AND NORTHEAST MS...
...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST...
Severe storms capable of tornadoes, damaging wind and hail are
possible across parts of Middle Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia.
Severe wind is also possible into northern Florida.
The timing of a shortwave trough will play a critical role in severe
potential on Monday across TN, MS, AL and GA. At this time, the NAM
appears to be too slow and more amplified with this wave over MO
compared to the ECMWF and GFS which show it over central KY or
Middle TN at 00Z Tuesday. As a result, severe potential looks quite
different amongst the models. For example, the latest NAM shows an
extremely volatile setup over middle TN and northern AL clearly
favoring strong tornadoes. However, the most likely solution appears
to be a blend of the ECMWF and GFS, both showing a faster and
lower-amplitude shortwave, as well as less low-level shear with
relatively veered 850 mb flow.
The most probable scenario appears to be for isolated, potentially
significant severe storms from Middle TN into northern AL and GA,
dependent on how much destabilization occurs especially in TN.
Models also indicate substantial storm coverage across much of
southern GA into northern FL, possibly in the form of an MCS, with
mainly wind damage potential given unidirectional flow.
Given the potential for significant severe storms, a categorical
upgrade is possible in later outlooks once predictability increases
and the centroid of severe coverage is better established.
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NOTE: THE NEXT DAY 3 OUTLOOK IS SCHEDULED BY 0730Z
The threat that people are most concerned about are tornadoes, and these storms will be capable of generating tornadoes. The two images below are showing the SigTor parameter (significant tornado) >=1 between 7pm - 10pm Monday.
Another parameter to look at is the Craven-Brooks Significant Severe. According to the SPC, using a database of about 60,000 soundings, the majority of significant severe events (2+ inch hail, 65+ knot winds, F2+ tornadoes) occur when the product exceeds 20,000 m3/s3, and the following two images depict that area of 20,000 or higher within the dashed black lines. These images are also 7 pm and 10 pm.
We are still several days away so there will be changes, so be sure follow https://www.facebook.com/NorthGeorgiaWeather for the latest updates.