Damaging winds, flooding and isolated tornadoes possible Thursday


The new storm will move out of the Rockies into the South with more severe weather over the next few days.

Weather setup: Our next rain-maker was situated just east of the Rocky Mountains early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday is the calm before the storms.

Another active weather pattern setting up across the country is introducing storm systems that will instigate more storms.

Thursday, we will have two waves that will move across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. However, should the warm front meander nearby North Alabama (like last week), our severe weather threat will not be as high and heavy rain and flooding will become the main threats. Greatest threat with the morning storms will be heavy rain and gusty winds. A windy southerly wind at 15-25 miles per hour, gusting up to 40 miles per hour will keep a steady flow of warm & moist air around that will help to fuel up the storms.

Storm 5 Alert: Damaging winds, flooding and isolated tornadoes possible Thursday
Widespread severe weather likely once again Thursday

However it should be noted that Thursday's forecast confidence is still on the lower side - it could be a milder storm event - or it could be significant with long-track tornadoes. This break is going to be important...how much will the atmosphere recover?

This doesn't mean that the weekend will be a total rain out, but it will likely be soggy with a chance of strong storms through Sunday.

Some of these storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts. Temperatures back off to the lower 60s which is closer to climatological normal.

Additionally, severe thunderstorms brought damaging winds from Iowa to MS, where winds gusted over 60 miles per hour.

FRIDAY: A mix of sun and clouds. We'll start the day without incident and with clear skies for the early morning hours. Half of it at least.

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