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A few strong storms possible along a cold front Saturday

A few strong storms will be possible along and ahead of a cold front Saturday afternoon (Image: SPC)

A few strong storms will be possible along and ahead of a cold front Saturday afternoon (Image: SPC)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A cold front approaching the Tennessee Valley from the northwest may kick off a few strong storms late Saturday afternoon into the evening.

The Storm Prediction Center issued a discussion early Saturday afternoon highlighting the potential for a few strong storms, but noted a severe thunderstorm watch is unlikely.

While the storms are expected to remain very hit-or-miss, the ones that form may contain brief heavy rain and gusty wind.

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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 1674
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0105 PM CDT SAT SEP 10 2016

   AREAS AFFECTED...WRN/MIDDLE TN...SWRN KY...NRN MS/AL

   CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY 

   VALID 101805Z - 102030Z

   PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...20 PERCENT

   SUMMARY...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON ALONG
   AN EASTWARD-MOVING COLD FRONT. SPORADIC DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE
   POSSIBLE...BUT THE OVERALL THREAT APPEARS TOO MARGINAL FOR WATCH
   ISSUANCE.

   DISCUSSION...AT 1745Z...THUNDERSTORMS HAVE DEVELOPED ALONG A COLD
   FRONT ACROSS FAR SWRN KY/NWRN TN...WITH SCATTERED DEVELOPMENT
   FURTHER SOUTH ALONG THE FRONT EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 2-3 HRS.
   LARGE-SCALE ASCENT AND MIDLEVEL FLOW/EFFECTIVE SHEAR ARE WEAKER
   COMPARED TO AREAS FURTHER NORTH...SO RELATIVELY DISORGANIZED STORM
   MODES ARE EXPECTED. HOWEVER...STRONG HEATING AHEAD OF THE FRONT IS
   RESULTING IN MLCAPE OF 1500-2000 J/KG...WHICH...IN COMBINATION WITH
   STEEPENING LOW-LEVEL LAPSE RATES...WILL SUPPORT A THREAT FOR
   SPORADIC DAMAGING WINDS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON WITH THE STRONGEST
   CELLS. AT THIS TIME...THE MAGNITUDE OF THE THREAT IS EXPECTED TO
   REMAIN TOO LOW FOR WATCH ISSUANCE.