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February 28, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast-Severe Storms Possible Wednesday

February 28, 2017

An added tag is needed for the forecast headline as March comes in like a lion tomorrow, with severe thunderstorms a possibility. Here are the details in today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast.

As for today, the rain dampened temperatures quite a bit. We never got close to 70, with the afternoon topping out in the low 60’s before the rains came. We’ll have a few scattered showers in spots tonight, then after a break, strong to severe storms move across Tennessee and Kentucky tomorrow.

Before we get to the outlook, make sure you visit the Severe Weather Safety Rules page. It’ll tell you what to do in the event of severe thunderstorms, whether or not they’re producing tornadoes. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out tomorrow, but there are much better chances of hail and damaging winds. Once the National Weather Service believes those are happening, they will issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, so know what to do whenever that happens!

That said, here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Cloudy with rain showers. Low 52.
  • Wednesday-Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. Severe storms are possible. High 75.
  • Wednesday night-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Low 38.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy, with a small chance of rain early in the day. High 53.
  • Friday-Partly to mostly sunny. High 44.
  • Saturday-Mostly sunny. High 52.
  • Sunday-Mostly sunny. High 65.

What we’re dealing with in the next 24 hours or so is a cold front that is organizing itself to our west. By the time it gets to Middle Tennessee tomorrow, we’ll be seeing a line of showers and thunderstorms on its way.

Storms should start in southwest Virginia late in the morning, toward early afternoon. By 2 or 3 PM, storms will arrive in the Tri-Cities area. Be prepared for damaging winds and hail with these storms, as those will be the greatest threats. The tornado threat is low, but NOT zero!

I’ve noticed that Sullivan County, Tennessee, schools are closing three hours early tomorrow. If you’re going to try to get students home before the storms, this is a good idea. That will allow most if not everyone to get to their homes before the storms hit. However, for those going to mobile homes, life might not be fun when the gusty winds hit tomorrow afternoon with the storms. It’s a tricky balance trying to figure out what to do in situations like this, so I don’t envy school administrators on those decisions at all…whether to release early or keep students until the storms pass. It’s a difficult decision.

That said, I’ll be looking at the storms all night and will wake up early with a new update on what’s going on. Stay tuned to all of our stations (the list is in the previous blog) for the latest information throughout the day tomorrow.

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