Calm and peaceful this morning! Don’t let this fool you…
***Today is a 4WARN Weather alert day!***
Our main weather maker is Tropical Depression Cindy, currently pushing out of Arkansas and Alabama, tracking northeast at 14 mph with sustained winds of 15 mph.
Remnants of Cindy is already making an appearance with widespread rain just west of Middle Tennessee and continues spreading eastward. Heavy downpours will be possible through late morning before the intensity likely picks up by the afternoon, lasting through the evening.
It is warm! 8:11 am temperatures run anywhere from the low to upper 70s and because of a thick deck of cloud cover, we won’t warm much further, only touching the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Also feeling very sticky out there. Dew points in the lower 70-degree range is a very uncomfy and sticky place to be. (side note of relief: you’ll notice a significant difference for the better by tomorrow! Humidity drops by a large margin!
Here’s the timing of the shower and storm activity today…
Here’s the latest form the Storm Prediction Center– all of the Mid State under a ‘Slight Risk’ (level 2 on a 1 to 5 scale) for any storms to reach severe criteria. Damaging wind, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes are all the greatest threats.
I expect an improving pattern as soon as tonight! Lingering moisture keeps the chance for scattered showers through late into the overnight, but as far as the severe-weather threat, it is safe to say that diminishes significantly. So, here’s how much rain we’ve received so far…
and how much rain that is yet to come…
We are talking anywhere from 1-3″ with locally heavier amounts. This puts a good chunk of Middle Tennessee under a FLASH FLOOD WATCH through noon on Saturday. This means conditions are FAVORABLE for flash flooding so you’ want to stay tuned for updates.
One way to do that is to download our free and handy, ‘WSMV WX’ app! This will alert you with watches and warnings, while you’re on the go.
Be sure to go under settings and turn the ‘Severe Weather’ alert button ON.
After today, we are in for a treat! A stretch of sunshine, a break from the humidity and highs anywhere from the low to upper 80s.
I’ll have an update on Tropical Depression Cindy’s track and your weekend forecast coming up on Channel 4 at noon today. You’ll want to stay tuned for updates with Paul Heggen this evening!
-Meteorologist Daphne DeLoren