A Breezy Night in the Tennessee Valley
It’s been a very windy day (that may be an understatement), and the wind is not letting up tonight. Here are some of the peak gusts today as of 9 PM:
41 MPH – Monte Sano
35 MPH – Huntsville International
33 MPH – Muscle Shoals
32 MPH – New Market
30 MPH – Florence & Courtland
28 MPH – Decatur Pryor Field
24 MPH – Fort Payne & Cullman
21 MPH – Scottsboro
This wind is caused by a strong pressure gradient surround that deep, powerful cyclone in the Southern Plains this evening. As it moves northeast toward the Ohio Valley on Tuesday, expect the wind to keep howling in from the southeast tonight and from the southwest on Tuesday:
Power outages are possible, and some roads may be littered with tree branches overnight into Tuesday morning. There is also a chance that a few trees could blow over between now and 6 AM.
The critical point here is that usually when it’s this windy and the wind is coming from the south, we have a threat of severe weather. There is no threat of severe storms here tonight or Tuesday. It’s just windy and rainy; peak gusts overnight could be as high as 45 to 50 MPH on the higher mountain tops in Northeast Alabama and in East Tennessee.
Be sure to check out our extended forecast at WHNT.com/Weather. There’s a lot of information there about a big change to cold weather that looks like it will be more than a “cold snap” starting midweek!