Moderate risk for severe weather todayPublished 10:21am Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Widespread thunderstorms are expected across the Tennessee Valley today and this evening ahead of a slow-moving cold front.
There is a moderate risk of severe thunderstorm development with the primary threat expected to come from damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and locally heavy rainfall.
However, the threat for an isolated tornado will also exist especially with any storms that develop ahead of the primary cold front. The front is expected to push southward through the region this evening with diminishing chances for thunderstorms after midnight.
The primary cold front is expected to push through the Tennessee Valley between 4-10 p.m.
In addition to the threats mentioned above, strong southwesterly winds are expected today ahead of the cold front with sustained wind speeds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts to 30 mph expected.