Thursday at 10pm: The danger of winter tornadoes

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) — The Tennessee Valley is a hotbed for tornado activity.  In more than 60 years of records, there have only been four years where no tornadoes were reported. Twisters can occur in any month of the year but are most common in the spring– especially the month of April.

The strongest tornadoes usually occur in the spring, but a few that have occurred during the winter that keep us on our toes even in the cold season.

Thursday, February 12 on WHNT News 19 at 10 p.m., Meteorologist Jake Reed talks with Chris Darden, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Huntsville, to see what unique forecast challenges tornadoes in the winter create.

“Our biggest fear sometimes is in the winter,” Darden admits.

Most tornadoes in the winter occur within lines of storms, meaning they often spin up very quickly — making them harder to warn for than springtime tornadoes.

Hear what Darden calls the biggest forecast challenge about tornado events in the cold season, and how sometimes conditions can be just right to favor strong, spring-like tornadoes even in the dead of winter.

Watch WHNT News 19 Thursday at 10 p.m. to see this special report. It will also be streamed live here on