March 17, 2018 Severe Thunderstorm Watch until Midnight

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of our area until midnight tonight. It’s going to include a lot of central Kentucky all the way through West Virginia and down to Western North Carolina. Here’s the map:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until midnight. From the NWS Storm Prediction Center.

Storms are starting to fire up in Kentucky, at the far northwestern end of the watch box southwest of Lexington. These storms are going to move southeast toward us later today, and will arrive in our area this evening.

The main threats with the storms today are damaging winds and large hail. The chance of tornadoes is low–hence this being a severe thunderstorm watch–but is not zero.

That said, if you have anything outside that you don’t want hail damaged, move it inside if you can, or at least into a carport if you don’t have a garage or basement. Anything outside should probably be moved in as well just in case. Storms won’t be here for a few hours yet, so you’ve got some time.

I’ll be heading in to the studios this evening to watch the storms move in. Again, this is mainly a thunder and lightning, wind and hail event, and my services might not be needed. That said, stay tuned to my Twitter and this page for the latest throughout the evening.

Should my services be needed on the air, I’ll be mainly on WHCB 91.5 FM. I will also move over to 96.3 The Possum and 97.3 Love FM as well. Make sure you have your wireless alerts on your phone or that the weather radio is in working order so you’ll get instant warnings. Then, take action as needed! Check the safety rules page for more on that as the storms approach.

May 26, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Heading into the weekend, we’ll see dry weather, but there is a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms late in the day on Saturday, and a good chance of storms in general all the way through Memorial Day. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Monday!

Straight to the outlook we go…

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, a slight chance of rain. Low 58.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms especially in the afternoon. High 83.
  • Saturday night-Showers and storms likely, some could be severe. Low 63.
  • Sunday-Mostly cloudy with rain likely and some storms. Highs near 80.
  • Memorial Day-Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Highs near 80.

With quiet weather today, we’ll skip straight to tomorrow. Much of the day will be dry, but there’s a chance of rain at any time of the day as well. The best chance of thunderstorms will be late in the afternoon and early tomorrow evening.

The best chance of any severe storms will be during that time frame as well, with the most likely threats being damaging winds and some hail. The tornado threat is NOT zero. So take a visit to the Severe Weather Safety Rules page on this sunny day to find out what to do if a tornado warning is announced for your area.

Most of what we’ll see is like we saw earlier this week. Strong storms with lots of wind, rain and lightning. So be aware of that as you’re out and about. This is true not only for Saturday, but for Sunday and Monday as well.

A cold front moves through on Monday, and that will eventually put an end to all of this early next week. But even on Memorial Day, scattered showers and storms are possible that may mess up outdoor plans. Stay weather aware this weekend, and you should be just fine!

Enjoy the weekend, and I’ll have a new forecast on Monday. If tornado warnings occur, I’ll be on WHCB 91.5 FM, Top Gun Radio 870 AM and 100.7 FM, as well as Love FM 1090 AM, 100.3 FM, and 97.3 FM live with updates throughout the storms. Otherwise, check updates here and on my Twitter, which you can see on the right side of the page.

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

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.

July 8, 2016 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

We’re all under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9pm, except Smyth and Tazewell Counties in Virginia, and the North Carolina mountains. Storms will roll through this evening and could be pretty nasty. We could see more rounds of storms this weekend, too. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Tuesday!

To be sure, the best chance of storms is definitely between now and midnight. There’s an ever present chance of showers and storms every day but Sunday, but it appears tonight’s storms could be the strongest of the lot. Be sure to get indoors if you hear thunder tonight, and as always, have a way to get warnings! The chance of tornadoes is low, but it’s not zero. Severe thunderstorms can spin up tornadoes in a hurry, so get indoors if you hear of any severe weather warnings!

Here’s the outlook for the next four days:

Tonight-Showers and thunderstorms, mainly this evening. Storms could be strong to severe. Lows near 70.

Saturday-Partly cloudy, with a few scattered showers and storms, mostly before 3pm. Highs near 90.

Saturday night-Partly cloudy, a few showers or storms possible. Low 63.

Sunday-Partly to mostly sunny. Slight chance of a late day thunderstorm. High 88.

Monday-Partly cloudy with a few scattered showers and storms. High 88.

Tuesday-Partly cloudy with a few scattered showers and storms. High 87.

It’s summertime weather to be sure, with temperatures in the upper 80’s to close to 90, and a chance of rain each day. Be assured that most of the time this weekend, outdoor activities should be just fine. Just be aware of the skies while you’re outdoors in case storms approach.

A cold front moves through tomorrow, and that will give us not much other than a wind shift. We’ll still have high temperatures after it passes in the upper 80’s. In fact, that front will be lucky if it sees the state of Georgia before it moves back up as a warm front early next week.

That warm/stationary front will be the reason for enhanced chances of rain and thunderstorms for Monday and Tuesday. But again, major parts of the day will be dry. Today is a good example of that, as storms will be arriving this evening in the Tri-Cities, maybe a bit sooner near the Kentucky/Virginia border this afternoon.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! Make sure you get out tomorrow to the Tri-Cities FC game at Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City! It’s the last game of the regular season at home for the Otters, who will play Kings Academy FC at 7pm Saturday night. First 1000 fans in the stands get a free cowbell! As a Mississippi State student currently, it pains me that I can’t get my own TCFC cowbell at that game, but I have important matters to tend to and can’t be there. So get out there and cheer loud for me. Fear the fur!

June 8, 2016 Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9pm

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for our area until 9pm. It includes everyone but Tazewell and Smyth Counties in Southwest Virginia and the North Carolina mountains for now.

Storms are not near our area right now, but if you look at the map of the watch below, storms are coming. We have mostly cloudy conditions at least in Bristol right now, with sunshine popping out from time to time. We are toward the eastern end of the watch box, so with things moving northwest to southeast, we’ll be the last in the box to get the storms.

If you’re east and south of the Tri-Cities, it will take longer for storms to arrive, and more sunshine may contribute to more intense storms. When they do arrive, damaging winds are possible, along with hail. The tornado risk is low, but not zero.


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