An *enhanced risk* for severe storms across the Tennessee Valley for damaging winds, hail, and possible tornadoes
A Tornado Watch is in effect for much of Middle and West Tennessee until 2 AM, and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for North Alabama and eastern Tennessee until 5 AM.
Strong statement from the Storm Prediction Center here:
Primary threats include... Scattered large hail likely with isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely A tornado or two possible
Severe storms tonight come into Southern Middle Tennessee first (around midnight), and then they move southeast quickly across North Alabama toward western Georgia between midnight and 5 AM.
Overnight storms may produce any or all of these threats:
- Very large hail: baseball-sized hail fell in Meridian, Mississippi earlier today. Some hail to the size of golfballs fell in Lawrence County, Tennessee. The atmosphere is primed for large hail tonight, and some hailstones could be bigger than a golf ball with this next wave.
- Strong damaging winds: gusts in the 60-80 MPH range are possible with the overnight storms.
- Tornadoes are possible. We have enough wind shear in the environment for storms to rotate and potentially produce tornadoes overnight. Be alert!
Storms end early Thursday morning, and it turns cooler and drier after that for a few days until our next risk of storms develops on Sunday.
Bottom Line: We are in severe weather season and we’ll have multiple rounds of strong to severe storms in April through May. We will likely see another round on Easter Sunday. We prepared with our Live Alert 19 app and remember have multiple ways to get warnings. Click here for the forecast discussion.