Chance of severe thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes in Middle TN

Isaac Cain
March 20, 2018

ALL forms of severe weather are possible this afternoon and evening.

Forecasters said dry conditions will mean flooding is not a major threat, they warn that heavy rain happening during late Monday's high tide could cause low-lying tidal flooding in downtown Charleston.

Severe Weather Team 2 is declaring Monday a Severe Weather Alert Day ahead of the storms. This will keep the southeast in an unstable and active pattern capable of producing numerous to widespread showers and storms.

During the afternoon hours Monday, instability and wind shear increase and will result in a significant risk of severe storms. Storms could bring damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. I am monitoring a cluster of storms over Louisiana that will track south of our area overnight and this could help have a limiting impact on tomorrow's storms.

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"The fewer storms there are Sunday, the better the chance (for severe weather) Monday", he said. Highs in the 60s can be expected for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon. Rain coverage is forecast to be at 80% or greater. We will see two rounds of storms.

In case of unsettled or severe weather on the 20th the test will be rescheduled for March 21st. The biggest threat will be isolated Tornadoes in the brief fast moving severe storms. A few of these storms may produce damaging wind gusts to 70 miles per hour and large hail.

A squall line of thunderstorms is expected to develop along the front pushing through our area.

Behind the dryline we will see a cold front.

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