Storms Likely Late Tonight through Sunday Morning

Posted on: 11:06 am, December 21, 2013, by , updated on: 04:12pm, December 21, 2013

The 2:00PM severe weather risk outlook posted by the Storm Prediction Center does contain some encouraging news for the Tennessee Valley. We are still anticipating an elevated risk for severe storms here in the Valley, with the highest risk primarily near and west of I-65, but the higher probabilities of tornado have been trimmed back further west.

Tornado watches have been issued for much Mississippi, Western Tennessee, and Louisiana, but no tornado warnings have been warranted as of yet. It’s progress east will be slow, and the line of storms we’re expecting in the Valley won’t be arriving in our western counties until late this evening.

This doesn’t mean we’re off the hook for damaging weather tonight. There is still a substantial threat for severe straight line winds and isolated tornadoes are still a possibility, although the odds your specific location will be affected by a tornado are much lower than the probability of damage from winds.

Scattered storms will be a possibility through the rest of the afternoon and this evening, and a few could be strong, but the severe weather threat will be limited until the main line of storms begins moving into the Shoals later tonight. As for timing, we’ve pushed back the expected arrival time of the stronger storms to later in the evening, but we still anticipate the heaviest rain to be pushing east of the Valley by daybreak with a slight weakening trend as the line moves further west.

We’ll continue to keep you updated here, through social media and on the air if necessary.  Make sure your NOAA weather radio is working properly if you have one, we have a tutorial online on how to program your weather radio.   We also have several mobile phone apps and there are text/call services like Baron Saf-T-Net to help you stay informed about bad weather:

WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page
Mobile Applications
Baron Saf-T-Net

 

- Jennifer Watson

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