Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms This Weekend

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Weather Update – 10:30 p.m. Friday

Hope you enjoyed the dry and sunny weather today. It’s the last day of sunshine and completely dry conditions across the 21-county area of West Tennessee for a little while. Tropical Storm Nate is strengthening in the western Caribbean with a path directed right at the southeastern United States. Nate could become a Hurricane on Saturday morning. Parts of West Tennessee could get some heavy rain over the weekend and strong thunderstorms.

Under mostly clear skies that ultimately become partly cloudy by early Saturday, temperatures will only drop to the middle and upper 60s by sunrise Saturday – a warmer night than the low to middle 50s we started with this morning. We’ll stay dry overnight.

Tropical Storm Nate in the western Caribbean Sea is moving north-northwest at 22 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph – just shy of becoming a Category 1 hurricane. The center of Nate is moving quickly toward the Gulf of Mexico where warm water will continue to allow this storm to strengthen. The forecast past has shifted farther east from where it was yesterday, but we’ll likely still get some heavy rain from Nate and could even get some strong thunderstorms Saturday afternoon. While the risk for severe weather is low, one or two thunderstorms could become strong or severe. More rain is likely overnight Saturday into Sunday morning with showers continuing – especially for areas near the Tennessee River until Sunday afternoon.

If you’re starting Fall break now and heading south you’ll want to be watching WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast before you go! You can also stay with Storm Team Weather on-air and online for more updates on your travels!

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
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