Rain Returning to Middle Tennessee

After a dry weekend for the entire Mid State, rain will become a larger part of our forecast over the next 48 hours.

As of 1:30pm this afternoon, spotty showers and thunderstorms were already developing.  See below on Real Time Red Radar.

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Temperatures were around 90 degrees in many areas.

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Humidity was running higher than over the weekend, so the heat index was generally in the middle 90s.

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More moisture and energy was just west of Middle Tennessee beginning to move in.  These two will get together and help to increase our shower and thunderstorm coverage.

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With the expected added moisture and energy, expect showers and thunderstorms to become increasingly widespread as soon as late this afternoon and tonight.  Overnight, some areas of rain will linger for many hours.  Thunderstorms will contain heavy downpours and lightning.  A few could also produce brief gusty wind and small (dime size or smaller) hail.

While a severe thunderstorm is not impossible, the chance is remote.  Tomorrow could bring a strong storm or two as well.  The chance then, like today, is low however.  Marginal on the map below signifies a level 1 threat on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the greatest threat.

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FUTURECAST for tomorrow into early Wednesday shows scattered showers and storms pushing eastward on Wednesday.  The best rain chance then will be along the Cumberland Plateau.

Thursday and beyond, just isolated showers and storms will be the rule.  Because of that, this coming weekend looks like it’ll work out well for an outing to the pool or lake!  Highs then will be around 90.

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Watch Lisa Spencer later today on News4.  She’ll track the rain and storms and will show you where the roughest weather is and where it’s headed next.

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