Thunderstorms Possible Thursday


This morning kicked off a rainy, active weather pattern over the next several days as several disturbances will be traversing the area.  Widespread showers from earlier this morning continue to track northeast and taper off.  Expect more spotty showers possible this afternoon, generally light in nature.


A warm front along the Gulf Coast will lift north overnight and tomorrow as a strenghtening low pressure system currently in Texas starts to slowly track northeast. With the warm front north of the Tennessee Valley tomorrow, it will place the area in the “warm sector”, in a warm and moist air mass south of the warm front and ahead of the cold front.  There may actually even be some peaks of sunshine tomorrow, which could aid in warming highs near 70 degrees. This system is a very dynamic, potent system…but it looks like the best dynamics will be a little too far northwest of the region for any kind of widespread severe weather.

With that said, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the western half of the Tennessee Valley (generally along and west of I-65) in a “See Text” area, meaning that the risk for severe storms is not high enough to warrant a “Slight Risk” area, but that the threat is not completely non-zero.


Models show a line of showers and storms along and ahead of an approaching cold front Thursday afternoon, weakening as it approaches the Alabama state line from the west. As this line enters western Alabama, there could be a strong to severe storm, mainly due to high wind gusts, with the threat decreasing as it shifts farther east. Again the potential for strong to severe storms remains small, and widespread severe weather is not expected. Heavy rain is also likely with some of the stronger storms.

Keep you rain gear handy as the wet weather will hang around into next week!

– Jennifer Watson

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