Front Brings Change…4 ’til Eclipse

Thunderstorms have been slow to fire up today, but they are developing now out ahead of the front. It has been a hot and steamy day with the afternoon high reaching 91° at Nashville International Airport.

A summer front is approaching from the west, the rain and thunderstorms will move from west to east across Middle Tennessee.  This isn’t a widespread severe weather event, but there may be a strong storm or two.  Here’s the latest Futurecast depiction.

The Storm Prediction Center did put the northwest corner of Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky in a “marginal” risk zone for severe thunderstorms.  I think the greatest threat would be gusty winds. But I do look for the storms to weaken as they move east of I-65.


There will be some lingering showers in the morning, mainly along the Cumberland Plateau. Some patchy fog may develop where it rains.

The front will leave behind a drier pattern, but it will still be hot.  Should be great weather for the pool or lake and for the Wilson County Fair which opens tomorrow.

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Saturday and Sunday, afternoon highs will be in the low 90s. I can’t totally rule out a stray shower, especially on Sunday.


Forecast for the eclipse is not perfect, there may be a few clouds that will pass through during the viewing time.  There is also the possibility of isolated showers and thunderstorms. those will likely develop later in the afternoon.  I certainly hope that is the case.  I would give the forecast for eclipse viewing a 7 on a 1-10 scale.


I’ll have an update on News 4 at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer










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Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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