It was like a spring day today, reaching 69 degrees this afternoon. Quite a difference on this date in 1960, there was 7.4″ of snow on the ground. When you step outside tonight it will feel a lot more like snow. Temperatures are falling rapidly as a cold front moves through tonight.
There is a line of strong thunderstorms along the front. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for that threat until 11pm. The watch will likely be canceled early as the threat exits Middle Tennessee by 9pm if not before. The greatest threats with the storms are damaging wind, hail and heavy downpours. There are some areas of rain that will trail behind the front
Tomorrow will be a reminder that winter is not quite done. In the morning there could be a light winter mix/snow along the Cumberland Plateau. This shouldn’t cause any travel problems as the ground is quite warm. The afternoon for all of Middle Tennessee with a high in Nashville near 40 degrees and a biting wind chill as the northwest wind will kick up to 10-15 mph. It will feel like the teens in the morning.
This cold blast will be short lived. Friday warms quickly from the mid 20s in the morning to near 60 degrees in the afternoon with plenty of sunshine.
The weekend will be mild. Saturday will be warm with a high reaching 66. A weak disturbance could bring a few showers. Sunday’s high will reach 70 degrees and a stronger disturbance will bring a greater chance of showers and thunderstorms.
On a side note, the National Weather Service confirmed there was a tornado yesterday morning in Houston County. An Emergency Manager classified it as an EF0 with winds of 70 mph. It was 50 yards wide and was on the ground for 1/2 mile. There were numerous trees down and damage to a home all along Hwy 49 about 7 miles from Erin.
Join me tonight on Channel 4 News at 10pm for an update on our changing weather.