A calm, peaceful and beautiful day across the Mid-State — plenty of sunshine and plenty of warmth to go around for everyone.
Current temps as of 3:21 pm here….upper 70s to lower 80s.
High pressure has kept things nice and dry but things are about to change in a very short time frame. A very strong area of low pressure currently spinning over Kansas , Missouri and Oklahoma is headed our way as soon as Thursday morning, bringing along a significant severe weather threat with it.
Though any spot in Middle Tennessee has a decent chance of severe storms, areas along and west of I-65 have the highest risk. Tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, torrential downpours & frequent lightning are all fair game.
Areas under the RED color are under a MODERATE risk (4 out of a 1 to 5 scale). Areas under the ORANGE fall under an ENHANCED risk (3 out of a 1 to 5 scale) and YELLOW are under a SLIGHT risk (2 out of a 1 to 5 scale).
There will be two rounds — the first batch arrives from west to east during the early morning. Some storms could meet severe criteria with damaging winds and large hail as the greatest threats. This round is expected to weaken by late morning. The second batch is expected to arrive during the afternoon and will be far more unstable — meaning stronger.
Here’s how Futurecast maps out the timing…
I cannot stress enough — be ready and have a plan! Make sure to charge your phones, have your weather radios ready to go, and have a safe place.
We will have full team coverage and I’ll be on top of social media. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Twitter is far more severe weather update friendly when compared to Facebook. Some alerts get lost and are not timely on Facebook.
Also be sure to download our ‘WSMV WX’ app. Once you download it, go into settings and flip the ‘severe storm alert’ tab ON. This will allow any warnings to pop up right there on your phone, keeping you ahead of the storm and in the loop.
Sunshine always follows the storm and that will be the case, just in time for the weekend. I think we’ll all be ready for some peace and quiet by that point!
Low to upper 70s during the day and upper 40s at night. Next chance for showers and storms arrive Sunday overnight into Monday. Updates to come on that. For now we focus on being prepared for Thursday…
Dan Thomas will have the full storm timeline and what you can expect coming up on Channel 4 at 4 & 6:30 pm today. Chief Meteorologist Lisa Spencer will have updates at 5, 6 & 10 tonight.
Be safe and have a blessed night!
-Meteorologist Daphne DeLoren